The answer is found in verse 31, when Jesus says this: “If you CONTINUE in my word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” The key is continuing. It is not enough to begin well. It’s important that you continue in the Lord and His work. Continuing is the proof that the Holy Spirit is in your life. Time and the wear and tear of life is the test of a true believer. Continuing to trust in the Lord, no matter the circumstances, is the proof of salvation.
As Martin Luther once said, “Faith alone saves, but saving faith is never alone.” Saving faith shows itself in a life that continues to trust, continues to believe, continues in the things of the Lord. In and of ourselves, we do not have the power to do this. But, praise God, He does have the power. He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him until the end. Jesus, in this passage, connects knowing the truth with continuing in Him. He said, “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” Real freedom is found in Jesus Christ. Real freedom is found in knowing God and His Word. The question is, do you have staying power? Do you know Christ? Are you continuing in Him? With the help of the Holy Spirit and a changed heart, you can.
Have a great week and, Lord willing, I will see you Sunday.
In His Service,