John 8:31 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciple indeed. (Verse 32) “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Verse 33) They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” (Verse 34) Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (Verse 35) “And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. (Verse 36) “Therefore if the Son makes you free; you shall be free indeed.”
So, is it possible for a Christian to be in bondage? Yes, and most people are after they first get saved because of their past. You can’t just quote Verse 32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The word “and” comes before it, and before that, the verse says, “If” you abide in My word.” The truth is only going to make you free, if you abide in His word.
Whomever commits sin is in bondage, according to Jesus. In the Greek, the word “commit” means “prolonged.” Someone that continues in a particular sin for a long period of time, is in bondage. Bondage is an impulsive or compulsive behavior that restricts us from living and enjoying the freedom that Jesus died to give us.
Jeremiah 7:8 says, “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. (Verse 9) Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, (Verse 10) and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abomination’? (Verse 7:11) Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the LORD.”
Here is what Jeremiah is saying, “People who are saved, Christians, come to church still living in continuous sin, and say, ‘We’re delivered”, but haven’t changed in their daily living. Jeremiah asks, “What are you free to do? Are you free to commit sin?”
Jesus didn’t die for us to be free to sin. He died for us to be free from sin. Not that we will be perfect, but so that we won’t have a compulsive, continuous behavior that will destroy our lives.
When a believer is filled with the “Holy Spirit,” we continue to yield to His influence by praying and reading God’s Word. As we yield to His influence, we are filled with Him.
But what happens if a person continues to yield to a “demonic spirit?” What happens if a person continues to yield to their anger or lust, for instance? That person will be filled with whatever they yield to.
Romans 6:15 says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! (Verse 16) “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
Obviously, Paul is talking to believers. Whomever you yield to, obey, you are in bondage to. Most people will never admit that they have a bondage area in their lives and that is why they are not set free.
The Jews couldn’t admit they were in bondage because in Verse 33, they told Jesus that they were descendants of Abraham and had never been slaves. They point-blank said, “We have never been in bondage to anyone!”
That statement is actually funny because, if you look through the history of the Jews, you will see how many times the Jews were in “Total Bondage.” To just name a few: The Babylonians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Romans, and on and on. This is called “selective memory,” as some Christians have today.
Christians think because they are a believer and they come to church, they certainly couldn’t be in bondage in any area. They will make excuses and say things like, “I have a weakness in that area.” Bull! That’s bondage to a spirit that is not of God. A person will never get free if they never admit they have a major bondage in a certain area and do something about it.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus is the truth. He didn’t say, “You shall know of the truth.” There is a difference between just meeting Jesus one time and knowing Him. We are to know Him intimately. Fully knowing Him is what will break those chains of bondage and will set a person free. The more we know God, the more we know His word. The more we know His word, the more we will know Jesus, and that my friend is what will set you free.
Being set free really doesn’t depend on us. It depends on Jesus. The difficult part is for an individual to admit it and ask for help. But once they do, they are on their way to being set free. Jesus is not intimidated by Satan. He does not have to “get built up” to kick Satan out of something. All Jesus has to do is say the “Word!” Here is the great part, not only do we admit the bondage and ask Jesus for help, but He’s already done what’s needed to be done.
1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
Mark 9:17 – Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. (Verse 18) And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” (Verse 19) He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” (Verse 20) Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. (Verse 21) So he asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.”
Picture that. Jesus doesn’t get excited and start yelling at the demon that has taken over this boy. He is not impressed with Satan’s tactics. (Verse 22) And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (Verse 23) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believe.”
How many of us have prayed, “If You can do anything Lord, help me.” Jesus turned it back to the father of this boy and said, “If you can believe.” Then Jesus sets the boy free when the father says, “Lord, I believe!”
Come to Jesus with your belief and faith in Him, and He will set you free! Please remember this: Satan does not have the power to stop any one from coming to Jesus!
Do you remember the man in Chapter 5 of Mark, where a crazy, demon possessed man was living in a cave? Look what Mark 5:6 says: “But when he (the demon possessed man) saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.” Even though this man was possessed, he still had the ability in his will to choose to worship Jesus. No one and certainly not a demon from hell, can stop any one from coming to Jesus to be set free from any kind of bondage!!