The Most Misused Verse in the Bible

Jesus promised in John 8:32, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

The Jews in Jesus’ day knew truth, but they were not free. The leaders in Jerusalem still wanted to kill Jesus. They were slaves of sin. Many leaders in nations around the world know truth, but they are not free. They are slaves of sin. Many in all types of governments, all types of media, and even all types of churches know truth, but they still lie to their listeners, cheat others when “making deeds,” steal from and kill the less powerful, and mislead the uninformed. They are slaves of sin. It is one thing to know truth and quite another thing to be truthful instead of telling lies when truth is known. Some know truth and use it to deceive others, to control and manipulate others, and to achieve their selfish outcomes without regard to God or anyone but themselves. They are slaves of sin. So Notice: in John 8:32, Jesus did not say, as so many misinterpret, “When you know truth, truth will set you free.”

What did Jesus actually say in John 8:32?  “AND you will know THE TRUTH.” The “And” indicates that we must do something in order to know “the truth,” not just truth. To know “the truth,” people must do what Jesus said in John 8:31, “if you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples.” To know “the truth” we must be disciples of Jesus (students, learners) of Jesus. Until we are disciples of Jesus, we will be slaves of sin. The evils that many in all types of governments, all types of media, and even all types of churches say and do should not surprise us, because many are not disciples of Jesus. They are slaves of sin. To know “the truth, people must become disciples of Jesus and try to do what Jesus commanded and showed us as an example. It is quite clear that those who are not disciples of Jesus, no matter what they may claim to be or what church they claim to belong to, are slaves of sin. Slaves of sin suppress “the truth,” so “the truth” will not influence their thoughts and actions; they suppress and hide “the truth” and misuse many important truths so they can misuse others (see especially Romans 1:18-32). Only Jesus can free someone from slavery to sin.

Remember: Jesus said, “if you continue in my word.” Jesus is the Word of God who perfectly revealed the mind, intention, will, love, and commands of God to the world. True disciples of Jesus continue to learn and do Jesus’ words in the power of the Holy Spirit. True disciples of Jesus are filled with the Holy Spirit who guides, empowers, and gives them the love and understanding to do all that Jesus has commanded with God’s help. Though true disciples of Jesus do not follow and obey Jesus perfectly, continuing in the words of Jesus is the direction of their lives and sin is the exception (not the direction) of their lives—because Jesus has freed them from slavery to sin. Knowing Jesus and the truth, and living as a disciple of Jesus, does not guarantee that a disciple will not be mistreated and killed by those who are slaves of sin, but in many situations Jesus’ followers will recognize when someone is telling lies or telling truths so as to have true freedom from fear, sin, and death as they face the future with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

So, next time you hear John 8:32 misused, try to explain from memory what John 8:31-32 actually mean and the conditions that Jesus said believers in Him, disciples of Jesus, need to fulfill in order to know “the truth.” If people will do what Jesus commanded, Jesus, who is THE TRUTH will free them from slavery to sin. Indeed, in John 8:36, we read this promise, “So, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

We all need to be “free indeed,” freed from slavery to sin. All who lead our nations around the world, our media, and our churches need to be freed from slavery to sin, but only Jesus Christ, the Word of God, can make people who believe in Him “free indeed,” and He will only do so if we will continue in His word as He promised. To learn more about how to be free, read the International Bible Study Commentary.

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Jeremiah 22:1-10 Activities for Uniform Lesson Series—May 24, 2020

Now available for Jeremiah 22:1-10.

GO TO: CROSSWORD PUZZLES, TRUE AND FALSE TESTS, AND WORD SEARCH PUZZLES

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Jesus and the Best Bible Teachers—John 8:21-30

Those who heard Jesus speak called him “Rabbi” or “Teacher.” What made Jesus the best teacher?

Jesus was the best teacher because of the Person Jesus represented. Jesus represented the Father who sent Him to teach. Jesus did not represent the ideas or teachings of some other rabbi who came before Him as His teacher. Jesus did not choose between several different systems of thought and then try to teach one of them better than someone else. God the Father served as Jesus’ Teacher before and after the Father sent Him into our world. Jesus always taught according to the Scriptures and He came to fulfill them.

Jesus was the best Teacher because He did not teach His own ideas or inventions. Jesus was the best Teacher because He only taught the truths His Father instructed Him to teach. Jesus did not stray off into any “rabbit trails,” so to speak, when He taught. For the sake of discussion, Jesus never spoke as “the devil’s advocate.” When He taught, Jesus was always and only an advocate for His Father. Jesus only taught what He learned from the Father in heaven and only what the Father wanted Him to teach.

Jesus was the best Teacher because His life conformed to His teaching. Unlike the religious leaders of His day, Jesus was not a hypocrite. Jesus did not say one thing while doing another. Jesus did not tell anyone to do what He would not do himself. Jesus even washed His disciples’ feet and died to save sinners. Jesus always did what was pleasing to God the Father. If we want to know what character traits and what behaviors are pleasing to God, Jesus is the only perfect example and teacher for us.

So, who do you think are the best Bible teachers? Most obviously Jesus. Following Jesus’ example, in our day, the best Bible teachers will be those who teach the Bible and not the ideas of someone else or some other group in addition to or other than what the Bible teaches. The best Bible teachers will represent and teach what God wants them to teach from the Bible. They will always try to teach what is consistent with the Bible’s teachings. The best Bible teachers will pray for the Holy Spirit to help them teach the Bible, the Word of God, without mistakes—knowing that we all make mistakes, and praying that when mistakes are made that they will be corrected and no one is misled. The best Bible teachers will focus on the Bible as the true Word of God which does not contain errors or mistakes. The best Bible teachers will not try to change, edit, or rewrite what the Bible teaches in thought, word, or deed so their teaching will conform to systems of thought or cultural trends that they have learned from others; instead, they will try to conform all of their thoughts and actions to the teachings of the Bible—making corrections wherever and whenever they are found. They will stay focused on what the Bible says and will not stray from the Bible’s teachings. They will live according to what the Bible says and try to live as good examples for others, especially according to the commands of Jesus. They will live and teach as disciples of Jesus Christ who they love as their Savior and Lord and they will love their neighbors as themselves.

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Jeremiah 21:8-14 Activities for International Bible Lessons—May 17, 2020

Now available for Jeremiah 21:8-14

GO TO: CROSSWORD PUZZLES, TRUE AND FALSE TESTS, AND WORD SEARCH PUZZLES

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson Series, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17 Activities for Uniform Lesson Series—May 10, 2020

Now available for Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17.

GO TO: CROSSWORD PUZZLES, TRUE AND FALSE TESTS, AND WORD SEARCH PUZZLES

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

How to Start a Gratitude Journal

Today I received an e-mail newsletter from a company that I do business with, and the title was How to Start a Gratitude Journal, which is a great idea. Though I do not usually do this, I thought I would post the link in case you are interested. I certainly was! How to Start a Gratitude Journal. Thank you Rachel Goulet for permission to post the link to your article!

Judging, but Not Condemning—John 8:1-20

In this and next week’s Bible lessons on John 8, Jesus will show us how to judge without condemning someone.

In our first lesson on John 8:1-11, we will see how the Pharisees condemned a woman for her sin and how they wanted Jesus to condemn her too. Because Jesus came as the Savior of the world, not to condemn the world, Jesus refused to condemn her. However, without condemning her, Jesus did judge that she had broken the revealed Law of God, one of the 10 Commandments listed in the Bible. Then, He began the process of trying to save her from her sins when He told her to go and sin no more.

The incident of the woman caught in adultery has a similarity to the man Jesus healed at the pool of Bethsaida. When Jesus saw him for the last time as far as we know, Jesus did not condemn him. Rather, He told him not to sin again lest something worse happened to him. We do not know what sins he had committed, but we know he had violated the revealed Law of God, and without condemning him, Jesus warned him not to do it again.

John does not tell us what the man and woman did after Jesus told them not to sin again. John may not have known. Hopefully, they turned from their sins and turned to Jesus; then, hopefully, they believed in Him and received the gift of eternal life from Him.

In our second lesson on John 8:12-20, we learn that the distinction between judging and condemning may not make sense to those who practice evil, such as the Pharisees and others. But as the light of life, Jesus did not come primarily to condemn or judge anyone. In addition to sacrificing His life on the cross for our sins, Jesus came to show and tell people how to follow Him and receive the gift of eternal life. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus calls His followers the light of the world; so, we too, as we follow Jesus, will show and tell people how to follow Jesus and live as children of God. We will also learn that some people, such as the Pharisees, judge and condemn others using human standards, whereas, Jesus judged using divine standards—the revealed will of God in the Scriptures. If we judge without condemning, we must use the divine standards of Jesus.

Sometimes following Jesus will mean that we will need to tell someone they need to turn from their sin and follow Jesus. Unhappily, they may take what we say and do as condemning them, even though we are seeking to free them from slavery to sin through faith in Jesus—that He might save them from their sins and grant them eternal life. As we follow Jesus, our intentions may be the same as Jesus’ intentions, but as with Jesus’, we may experience some of what He suffered. In John 7:7, Jesus explained to His unbelieving brothers, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil.”

As followers of Jesus, with prayer, with the help of the Holy Spirit, with the revealed will of God in the Scriptures, without condemning, we need to testify to the world that its works are evil—this will not be easy. As the light of life, Jesus did this, and He expects us to be the light of the world. In doing this too, some will think we are condemning them, and they will not hesitate to condemn us, just as the unbelieving religious leaders condemned Jesus—eventually leading Him to the cross. Still, with prayer, with the Bible as our guide, with the love of Jesus, and with the work of the Holy Spirit, through our showing and telling others about Jesus and what He taught as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, some will receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and begin to enjoy the life He has promised to all those who will follow Him.

Let us continue to pray for one another and for the preparation of these lessons — that they would glorify and honor God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as well as be true to the Bible and helpful. May we always love God and one another and remember one another in prayer!

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 Archive & Activities for the Uniform Lesson Series

These Archives are from June 19, 2016. Zephaniah 3:15-19 is not available in the Archives. Hopefully, these study materials and activities will be of some help to you. You may especially benefit from the Internationa Bible Lesson: God Will Make the World Right Someday.

English Standard Version

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 ESV Easy Print Commentary

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 ESV Easy Print Large Print Commentary

King James Version

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 KJV Easy Print Commentary

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 KJV Easy Print Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 NASB Easy Print Commentary

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 NASB Easy Print Large Print Commentary

New International Version

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 NIV Easy Print Commentary

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 NIV Easy Print Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 NRSV Easy Print Commentary

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 NRSV Easy Print Large Print Commentary

Audio Edition

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 Audio Commentary

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20

Teacher Study Hints for Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20 Large Print

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20

Crossword Puzzle on Zephaniah 3:1-8 with Answer Key

Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20

International Bible Lesson for 2016

“They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies.
A deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths.
They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid”

(Zephaniah 3:13).

God Will Make the World Right Someday

God Will Make the World Right Someday (Large Print)

God Will Make the World Right Someday (Bulletin Size)

Happily, I plan to provide Crossword Puzzles, True and False Tests, and Word Search Puzzles on Zechariah, Jeremiah, and Hosea even though I do not have Archives on these International Bible Lesson texts.

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Archive & Activities for the Uniform Lesson Series

These Archives are from September 25, 2016.
Isaiah 62:2-4 is not available in the Archives. Hopefully, these study materials will be of some help.

English Standard Version

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 ESV Easy-Print Commentary

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 ESV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

English Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

King James Version

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 KJV Commentary

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 KJV Large Print Commentary

King James Version and Student Study Handout for Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

New American Standard Bible

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 NASB Commentary

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 NASB Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible and Student Study Handout for Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

New International Version

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 NIV Commentary

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 NIV Large Print Commentary

New International Version and Student Study Handout for Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

New Revised Standard Version

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 NRSV Commentary

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 NRSV Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

Audio Edition with New International Version

Audio Edition Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 Commentary

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

Teacher Study Hints for Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 Large Print

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

International Bible Lesson
September 25, 2016
[NEW SERIES]

“For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them”

(Isaiah 61:8).

Because God Loves Justice and Hates Wrongdoing

Because God Loves Justice and Hates Wrongdoing (Large Print)

Because God Loves Justice and Hates Wrongdoing (Bulletin Size)

Praying Through the International Bible Lesson

Praying Through Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

Praying Through Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 (Large Print)

Next week, I will have partial archives for Zephaniah 3:14-20 for May 3, 2020

Esther 7:1-10 Activities for Uniform Lesson Series—April 19, 2020

Now available for Esther 7:1-10.

Crossword Puzzle for Esther 7:1-10 15

True and False Test for Esther 7:1-10

Word Search for Esther 7:1-10

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.