31) “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”
32) “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
As Christ spoke to this crowd of Jews, there were only a few who got what He was saying and truly believed. The rest of them were critiquing His words and trying to show how He was wrong in what He spoke about as you read on in the following verses. The thing is, we need to take what Christ said at face value and believe it.
If we as Christians that believe on Him, as the verse 31 said, would spend more time in His Word and more time in prayer, a lot of things in our life that we consider problems that we are having trouble fixing would get better. How would this happen, we ask? Well, we know the answer already–we just can’t see the forest for the trees, as the old saying goes.
We say we love the Lord and believe the Bible, yet we cannot be free of worry and doubt. We cannot seem to relinquish control sometimes because we are not heeding to the truth as we should. We are human; and, yes, we have a sin nature; but we always have a choice. That is what is so encouraging in this passage. Christ tells us that if we CONTINUE in His Word–not just read it and bring it out when it is convenient, we will be His true disciple. Then in doing this, we will see the truth and through the truth, our walk will be closer to Him. Our fear and worries will diminish, and we will be free of those weights that so easily beset us. We will not be perfect, but we will be more like Him through this process. That is what a Christian should always be striving to do.