The gift of freedom from sin
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you." (John 8:31-37, ESV)
"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples (v.31)
" I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you." (v.37)
"The most dangerous spiritual condition any person can ever be in where you’re halfway to Christ; inclined to Jesus, inclined to the truth about Jesus, wanting what Jesus provides and what He offers, but not willing to give in to the full demands that He lays on the sinner... that is, turning from sin toward righteousness.” (J.C. Ryle, Pastor and author: 1816-1900)
"...and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (v.32)
" 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me." (John 5:39, ESV)
"who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification." (Romans 4:25, ESV)
"16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..." (Romans 1:16, ESV)
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (v.36)
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:1-5, ESV)
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (v.36)
"3He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to His own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53: 3-6, ESV)
"7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die; 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:7-8, ESV)
Week 1 - The Gift of Freedom from Sin
Sunday’s passage spoke of freedom--how our freedom from sin comes from being set free by the Son, Jesus. We also learned that this freedom is contingent on knowing the truth. Today’s passage will take a closer look at this truth--specifically the relationship between freedom, seeing, sanctification, and sin! Let’s turn now to today’s passage 2 Cor. 3:10-18.
As a group, read 2 Cor. 3:10-18.
1.Let’s start with v10-11. What seems to be the message that Paul is trying to communicate to the people of Corinth?
Verse 12-14 mention a boldness that we possess to let the fading glory of the temporal be seen--that it is coming to an end. V14 speaks of how the Israelites were blinded to the words of Moses and were unable to see the truth of the eternal glory. Review these verses as a group--they will be important as we progress through the remainder of the study.
2. What does the term ’veil’ in v15 mean?
3. What does v16 cite as the only means for the removal of the veil?
So, we can learn that the freedom to see truth, reality as it were, only comes through Christ. He can remove this veil when we turn to Him, otherwise we are blind--all others are blind. V17 reiterates where this freedom comes from--it comes from the Spirit of the Lord. You are encouraged as a group to commit this short verse to memory.
4. There is a pretty awesome sequence revealed to us in v18. What does v18 identify as the first step in this sequence...as a result from having the freedom to see the truth/reality?
5. What does v18 identify as the second step in this sequence?
As a group, let’s summarize what we have learned today. There are two types of freedom that we see in this passage--the freedom to see truth/reality as well as the freedom to change based on the truth that we see. Isn’t this the such a logical sequence...Christ opens our eyes to see our sin as sin. As a result of our being able to see the reality that the glory of our sin will fade and that the glory of GOD will outlast anything else, our natural response is to change. This change only comes through Christ. As a result of our freedom to see leading to our freedom to change we can experience a freedom from sin--only through CHRIST!