I know I already posted on John 8:31b-32 in November, but it has come up again in the book I am reading (Battlefield of The Mind by Joyce Meyer) and it is so good I want to dwell on it some more.
I really like to "chew" over verses, and part of that for me often involves reading them in multiple translations. I like to read each one slowly and really think about the words, and I encourage you to do the same.
NKJV: "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
NLT: "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
NIV: "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
The Message Paraphrase: "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you."
Amplified Bible: "If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free."
ESV: "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
I love the use of the word abide. Check out the definition:
|1.||to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.|
|2.||to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.|
|3.||to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.|
Dwell in Christ's Word, and you will know truth, and therefore know freedom. To get the result of truth and freedom reigning in my life, I must take hold of this promise by acting out "abide in My Word."
So, how and how often do you abide in God's word?