Many years ago John Calvin wrote,”The greater the mass of vices anyone is buried under the more fiercely and bombastically does he extol his free will.” I wonder if that was the case for the Jews in John chapter eight. Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free, so the Jews sort of felt insulted and claimed they were never in bondage to any man! So now we pick the story up in John 8:34
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
I recently had a cousin ask, why did Jesus say verily, verily? Strangely enough, the word verily in the Greek is the word amen! It is the word we use to end our prayers with, in Jesus name Amen! Yeah, that word amen! But when Jesus used the word to start a statement it had a slightly different meaning. When He used it to start a statement He used it to grab the attention of the hearers, to make a point to add emphasis to what He was going to say. But more than that, Jesus was saying, hey I have a deeper understanding of what I am about to tell you. In fact, Jesus was saying, I have firsthand knowledge of what I am about to say and I know it to be true! So when Jesus told the Jews, if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed He was talking about a deep spiritual truth that He had firsthand knowledge about. If the Son sets you free you are free indeed! You have all the reason in the world to rejoice and thankful and happy! Rejoice! Again I say rejoice!
As a great of a promise as that is, we also need to be aware of the first part of the statement Jesus made to the Jews! Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. Leon Morris wrote,” Those who sin are a slave to sin whether they realize it or not. This means they cannot break away from their sin. They need a power greater than their own!” Sin has a death hold upon the sinner. Sin has its hands wrapped around the neck of the sinner preventing any flow of oxygen just waiting for the sinner to pass on. A sinner cannot break away from the power of sin; he cannot turn over a new leaf; he can only try in vain to overcome sin, for he is not is a sinner because he sins, he sins because he is a sinner. Ever since the fall of Adam man has tried to overcome sin, man has tried to deal with sin, man has built religions to try and escape sin, but only Jesus Christ can forgive sin and break the bondage of sin.
Once you hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection, His shed blood on the cross of Calvary for your sin, once you understand that, once you believe it to be true for your life and you give your life to Jesus Christ something miraculous happens on the inside of you! A power greater than yourself, none other than Jesus Christ Himself, frees you from the shackles and chains of sin. He frees you from the bondage of sin. He frees you from the power of sin. He gives you new life. The Holy Spirit moves in and takes up residence within you, and He gives life to your soul that was dead to sin, but is now alive unto God. In fact, the Bible says you are now a new creation, old things have passed away and behold all things have become new. Paul wrote you are no longer a slave unto sin, but now servants unto righteousness. You no longer have to give into the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life for if the Son shall make you free and you shall be free indeed.
Paul wrote, for I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. He also wrote for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Don’t fiercely and bombastically extol your free will pretending to be free; give your life to Jesus Christ and be set free indeed!