Background of Victory (continued)
Signposts Along the Pathway of Victory (continued)
As sinners, all living persons are in this twofold bondage and need to be set free. Have you acknowledged your bond-slavery to satan and to sin? Do you long to be set free? Jesus points the way to perfect freedom.
The First Signpost: John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. "Ye shall know the truth" - truth - principle - apprehension. "The truth shall make you free" - life - practice - application.
God's purposes that every great truth shall be so inwrought into life that redemption really redeems. Truth makes free, but only when known. Speaking the truth in love, one may say that the majority of Christian leaders are guilty of criminal negligence in failing to make know to those under their spiritual care the pathway of victory. Many are very faithful in making known the initial step out of bondage to satan and sin through regeneration and justification, who never make known to their flock the way into the glorious freedom and continuous victory made possible through scriptural sanctification. Yet Paul devotes the larger part of his letters to the churches to this great truth. If any Christian worker reading this page is recreant in this sacred trust, would no not right now pledge faithfulness to your sovereign Lord in making known the truth that our Lord said can make men experimentally free from bondage to satan and to sin?
But it is tragically easy to know the truth regarding the way of victory and yet to be living in defeat. Truth apprehended is not enough. It must be personally appropriated, applied, acted upon. "The hallmark of truth is that it is intensely practical." In other words, it works! Truth which is mere head knowledge and not heart experience is excess baggage. Only as truth becomes me does it become mine.
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