The truth will set you free.
This saying of Jesus appears sometimes on its own, and whether or not truth is inherently freeing we must remember that Jesus wasn’t making an abstract philosophical point.
The Lord’s statement has a bit more to it:
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31b-32)
No amount of study or intellectual effort brings us the truth that frees; that truth comes only by means of discipleship, following the Lord – and discipleship is found only in clinging to Christ and keeping His teaching.
And if we hold to His teaching, if we embrace true discipleship, what truth do we come to know? What is the truth that sets us free?
It is the true knowledge of God and His salvation. He is the truest and deepest reality, and knowledge of Him – not merely knowledge about Him, but experiential knowledge of a personal relationship with God that comes by abiding faith in Christ – is the deepest truth. This is the truth that brings the deepest freedom, spiritual freedom from slavery in sin.
Hold fast to Christ.