To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'
The essence of my belief is that there is a difference, a vast difference, between fact and truth.
Truth in the Scriptures is more than a fact.
A fact may be detached, impersonal, cold and totally disassociated from life.
Truth on the other hand, is warm, living and spiritual. A theological fact may be held in the mind for a lifetime without its having any positive effect upon the moral character; but truth is creative, saving, transforming, and it always changes the one who receives it into a humbler and holier man. At what point, then, does a theological fact become for the one who holds it a life-giving truth? At the point where obedience begins.
When faith gains the consent of the will to make an irrevocable committal to Christ as Lord, truth begins its saving, illuminating work; and not one moment before.
Truth sets free! Truth embraced, clung to, integrated into everyday living. Truth changes the heart not just the mind.
Father, forgive me for sometimes holding Your truth at arm's length — examining it, analyzing it, exegeting it—but failing to fully live it. Your truth sets free.