Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, "If you abide in my Word, you are truly my disciples." Following Jesus is more than just creating a checklist to be followed or knowing doctrine backward and forward.
When Jesus says “you shall know the truth and the truth shall you free,” again he is not talking about propositional truths. He is once again pointing to his own reality. In chapter 14, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” Jesus opens a new way of knowing truth, a relational knowing where truth comes and dwells with us. Jesus encounters people who are inquisitive about him “Where are you dwelling?” they ask him. “Come and see,” Jesus answers. He doesn’t ask them if they have it all figured out beforehand. Jesus doesn’t ask us if we have it all figured out before he claims us. Jesus claims us hoping that over time as we come to know him, we will work on figuring it out. Jesus comes to us first. That is the heart of our transformation. That is the heart of our being made right with God, the heart of our justification.
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