John 8:32, “And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.

During the time that Jesus spoke these words, the Jewish people, in general, didn’t have access to the scriptures; and really didn’t know what was in them. They were entirely dependent upon what they heard read to them in the synagogues. The sacred writings were locked away; and the high priests and doctors of law were the only ones who had access to them. The general public heard only what the elders wanted them to hear; and the scriptures were interpreted in the manner that suited them.

When Jesus said you will ‘Know’ the Truth, and it will set you free; he was speaking of freedom from ignorance, not political freedom. Jesus knew there would be a time when the scriptures would be available to the people. They would be able to read the scriptures for themselves, and be free from the misleading interpretations and false doctrines.

Malinda Cramer, one of our founders, suggested that we commit to memory “Statements of Truth.” Then as we go forth in our day, we are clothed with affirmations of Truth, affirming that we are Whole and not subject to outside conditions. These affirmations of Truth act like an armor, shielding us from others’ adverse beliefs; and we are able to stand firm in God’s Truth.

AFFIRMATION: I am God’s Beloved Child, Whole and Holy; Free and Unlimited.

 (Thoughts provided by Rev. Betty Tarpley ~ July 12, 2016)

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