Free Indeed


*   (John 8:36 NIV)  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.


There is a lot to be said about this simple 12-word sentence. To begin with we know it is inspired by God.

*   (2 Tim 3:16-17 NIV)  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, {17} so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

We know that Jesus is the Son of God and he can set or make us free.

We know that once He sets us free we are free indeed.


In fact there is nobody else that can set us free because there is only one mediator between God and man. That mediator is Jesus.

*   (1 Tim 2:5-6 NIV)  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, {6} who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its proper time.


Now let’s break it down some more. Here is another scripture that shows the relationship between the Father and the Son.

*   (John 3:35 NIV)  The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.

Plainly we must seek the Son to receive anything from the Father.  And if the Son says or does something them it will stand.


So what does it mean to say the Son sets, not sunsets? It means this.

a.      To put in a specified position or place, to put into a specified state, or to put into a stable position.

b.      It also can mean to restore to a proper and normal state.


And what about that word, free? There’s one of those words that we all use but has many different uses. For now I will define it like this.


a.      Not controlled by obligation or the will of another.

b.      Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance

c.       Not subject to a given condition; exempt.

d.     Costing nothing, gratuitous.

This is a great word and it has a surprising history. Here is its etymology from the American heritage Dictionary.

*   [Middle English fre, from Old English frēo. V., from Middle English freen from Old English frēon, to love, set free; see prī- in Indo-European roots.]

And finally let’s look at the term, indeed. This word is a strong word that signifies a certainty, a fact, a reality, in other words it means without a doubt!

We can then expand the verse from twelve words to many more and maybe get a more solid understanding of the significance of the verse. This is not changing the verse, it is simply trying to answer the question as to what it fully implies or means. That is common for all of us to do. When someone tells us something we may understand what he said, including each and every word, and still ask the speaker to explain himself.


*   So, thus, consequently …

*   If the Son, beloved of God and sole mediator with the Father to whom all authority has been given and whom has paid the debt you owe …

*   Sets, makes, restores you to where He wanted you from the beginning …

*   And makes you free, out of the control of Satan and all things that would pull you away from your calling …

*   Then you are most certainly exempt from the penalty of death that you deserve and the beneficiary of a gift, even eternal life with God, that is free to you but of such extreme value that it cannot be imagined what price could be set on it.


Now after having been set free wouldn’t it be a shame to again lose our freedom? It has happened and continues to happen. The Bible warns us about such a thing.

*   (Heb 2:1-3 NIV)  We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. {2} For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, {3} how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.


And what if a person does drift away and becomes unrepentant?

*   (Heb 10:26-27 NIV)  If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, {27} but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.


Peter also gives a warning as he speaks about our freedom. You see our freedom allows us room to do a great deal of things. But our freedom also imposes limits. A world without limits is not a world of freedom but a world of chaos and anarchy.

*   (1 Pet 2:10-16 NIV)  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. {11} Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. {12} Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. {13} Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, {14} or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. {15} For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. {16} Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.


You have been set free, enjoy your freedom and use it for the glory of God. Use it but don’t abuse it. Listen to the Apostle Paul.

*   (Rom 6:1-2 NIV)  What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? {2} By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?