“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” (John 8:31–32 HCSB)

“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free is one of the most abused and taken out of context passages in all of the Scriptures.  Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C. took to quoting it when he was released from prison for drug related charges.  I have tracked some of the abuse of this verse here.

This is the truth of the truth setting us free.  The truth WILL set you free IF you know the truth.  You WILL know the truth IF you continue or abide in Jesus’ word. Everything in this hinges upon abiding or continuing or remaining in Jesus’ word.  In other words feeding upon it and growing from it.

Freedom cannot be separated from abiding in Christ’s word.