How does the truth set us free?
Jesus said the if the Son sets you free; you will be free indeed. (John 8:36) but he also said if you continue in my word, than you are true disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. (8:31,32)
Later in John 17 He declares that the Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth and also prays that God would sanctify (set apart for His purpose) us in the truth.
Here’s the deal.~ Paul declared to Corinth that “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom.” That’s the Spirit of truth. When we were “born-again”; we were born of the spirit and whatever is born of spirit is spirit (John 3:6B). The Spirit was set free by the Son and is free indeed because according to 1 Corinth.6:17 ~ “Whoever is joined to the Lord is ONE spirit.” It’s not Holy Spirit and our spirit living inside us, we “are UNITED (think marriage covenant) with him in the heavenly realms (spirit) with every spiritual blessing (Eph.1:3) That’s abundance of grace and free righteousness (Rom.5:17) because we are no longer in the flesh but in the spirit because the spirit is alive because of righteousness! (Rom.8:9,10)
But, the Spirit of the Lord is not joined to our souls…all things HAVE become new (in the spirit) but in our flesh (soul/body) we are still flesh. Back to John 3:6A..”Whatever is born of flesh is flesh”. We haven’t been sanctified in the soul and body automatically; we have to continue in the word to truly be disciples (not just casual Christians content to be born-again) to really know the truth and be set completely free! If our eye is single; our whole body will be full of light but, the cares of this world cannot be allowed to distract us from one thing…the ONLY think…Growing in relationship/knowing (epignosis in Greek) Him! Not INFORMATION knowledge (gnosis) ABOUT Him but, relationally experiencing Him!