“Freedom in Christ” note by me.
-Note: originally just a comment, shared here for others’ benefit-
John 8:32, 36
“32) And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
“36) If the Son therefore will make you free, you will be free indeed.”
True freedom is found in the Son of God who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
There are plenty of counterfeit freedoms out there but all are insufficient and temporary, while freedom in Christ is the only sufficient and lasting freedom, the kind of freedom every person needs, whether they believe or realize that or not.
There are obvious implications and simple and logical conclusions we can draw from the verses quoted above.
If we don’t know the truth, then we’re not free. If we don’t or won’t want to know the truth, then we don’t want to be free, and the fault is our own, we’ve no one to blame but ourselves. You must know the truth to be made free by it.
If we’re not made free by the Son, then we’re still slaves to sin, to lies, and we must come to the Son of God to be made free by Him, in Him, through Him. The Son makes free indeed, for real, truly, in the only significant, meaningful sense of the word, and this freeing is something we all need but can’t and won’t get outside of the Son of God, that is, there’s no substitute for Christ, there’s no other viable or real option for us if we want to be made free.
Christ alone can set free all who are slaves to sin. To know true freedom, the spiritual that affects all other areas of life, one must surrender to and know and love Christ. Surrender to Christ is the beginning of truly living.
There’s no way around it.