Freedom

The Truth shall make you free…Whoseoever commiteth sin, is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house forever; but the Son abideth ever. If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

— — John 8: 32, 34-36

“Ye shall know the truth,” the Lord says, “and the truth shall make you free. I am the truth, and you shall be free as I am free. To be free, you must be sons like me. To be free, you must be that which you have to be, that which you are created to be. To be free, you must give the answer of sons to the Father who calls you, fear nothing but evil, care for nothing but the will of the Father, hold to him in absolute confidence and infinite expectation. He alone is to be trusted.” He has shown us the Father, not only by doing what the Father does, not only by loving his Father’s children even as the Father loves them, but by his perfect satisfaction with him, his joy in him, his utter obedience to him. He has shown us the Father by the absolute devotion of a perfect son. He is the Son of God because the Father and he are one, have one thought, one mind, one heart. Upon this truth hangs the universe; and upon the recognition of this truth—that is, upon their becoming this true—hangs the freedom of the children, the redemption of their whole world. “I and the Father are one,” is the center-truth of the Universe; and the circumfering truth is, “That they also may be one in us.” The only free man, then, is he who is a child of the Father. He is a servant of all, but can be made the slave of none: he is a son of the lord of the universe. He is in himself, in virtue of his truth, free. His is in himself a king. For the Son rests his claim to royalty on this, that he was born and came into the world to bear witness to the truth.