As he was saying these things, many believed in him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:30-32 ESV
We are to have some skin in the game- especially the Spiritual game! God has many, IF-THEN statements. The Promises and Covenants of God are MANY TIMES, conditional! There is a spiritual law, an understanding, that says, “IF” YOU DO, “THEN” I WILL DO! This is a popular programming construct that is widely used in programming languages. There is also a converse or inverse part of the law that goes something like this: IF you do “A”, THEN, I will do “B”- OR ELSE you will get NOT” B”. This is usually in regard to answering prayers, blessings or rewards- on this side and the other side of eternity. This is stated clearly in Isaiah 59:2; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Leader, when it comes to salvation, when it comes to the Ministry of Reconciliation, that is 100% on God-or maybe 99%, because we still MUST BELIEVE! There are times, in the Bible, when God would make a covenant with himself, swear by HIS NAME! See Genesis 15, where God walked the covenant, with Himself- for Abraham and Israel and Genesis 22:16-17 with Abraham and Isaac! When Christ said, “IT IS FINISHED” on the cross, He paid the price fully for you and Me-if we believe! Romans 10:9 makes this clear; If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Nothing we can do can ADD or TAKE away from what CHRIST did on the cross- Salvation by Grace alone, through Faith alone in Christ alone!
Conduit, the verse above is an interesting conditional Promise from God. If you do A (Abide in my WORD) then I will do B (make you my disciples AND you will KNOW the truth, and that will set you FREE! The Holy Spirit is the discerner of Truth, the ILLUMINATOR of HIS WORD! WHEN we abide in Christ – allow His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections- there comes a freedom. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bible, with HIS Word! When HIS WORD, becomes OUR WAY; we get life FROM, are sustained OF, produce fruit BY-then we are truly His disciples, and we shall know THE Truth, and THE Word of Truth will be digested, processed, understood- and THAT will set us free!! Do you know THAT JESUS, do you know HIS WORD?! I pray for you, FOLLOWER OF CHRIST- that you understand THAT TRUTH and live your life accordingly. Free At last, Free at last- Free to be ALL that He created you to be!