So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
When the Son of God sets you free, what a great and powerful verse. Most of us don’t have any idea of the context though. Just prior we are told that slaves don’t remain in the house, people in Bible times had slaves, whether orphans, as Ruth may have been or the girl in Naaman’s house, whether from debt or sold into slavery like Joseph.
Slaves came and went, in other words, though Jews had laws as to how they were treated did not mean they were all treated well, and certainly not in Babylon or Egypt. Jesus is comparing being born again, being adopted, having an Abba , Father, to being freed from slavery. The son or daughter is in the house forever.
When He has made you free by His sacrifice, you are free indeed. But so many believers still find themselves enslaved where by chronic pain or illness, addiction or even fear and worry. There is freedom and complete freedom in Him, but it is something we have to realize and receive.
Often our family life causes us to project onto God what we have thought of earthly fathers, no one stacks up to Jesus. Though some people may have been made to work too hard to receive approval of either father or mother, from single parents, foster care, feeling lost in the shuffle or overlooked among many children, even a bratty, spoiled only child, we can feel alone or abandoned, unloved.
Even people with ancestors in slavery, as before the Civil War may have knowledge of it, they have experienced prejudices, but were not without some freedoms. Freedom in Christ made many free even in their time of slavery, how much more should freedom be now?
And many feel the orphan spirit even having good parents, often loneliness is a call to turn to God. When the prodigal returned the father, which a picture of God never allowed him to ask to be a slave he restored him as a son.
So how much more would God accept you, you are not His slave except in a spiritual sense and willingly in service, more like the brother in the story. The prodigal asking for an inheritance was not entitled until his death, and legally , the father could have had him stoned upon returning. God’s love is amazing, how He can heal and restore, and not condemn. Let’s look at some verses.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3,4,5
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18 ( He will send the Spirit. )
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father! Galatians 4:6
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15
How do you see yourself in Him, as a son or daughter? Or are you still bound to the slavery mentality, which is continuing to sin, or just not receiving His love. Whatever you you think about yourself is in your heart and mind. But remember whom the Son sets free is free indeed, and if you are a believer and He has made you free, why are you still a slave?
To bad relationships, to sin, to anything that takes His freedom or peace. Let Him set you free indeed.