John 8:32 (New International Version)Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
To know the truth you must know Jesus. Only then can He set you free. We spend so much time defining the truth, searching for what it is, and how we can know for sure. It's easy to loose focus on Christ by not connecting Him with the truth. When we place our focus on Christ, our effort on the relationship that we make with Him; we also build our understanding of what the truth really is. To know Christ is to know the freedom of the truth that comes with Him. This world, this sinful world with all of it's pleasures and lusts... is a lie. A trap that keeps us from the truth. With every desire to possess the offerings of this world, we are confronted with the price that the world must be paid. It becomes an ever increasing bill that consumes us. We find ourselves lost in the sea of material pursuit, for increasing gain. What we see as a gain is only our loss. In the end we loose not only the material, but also our place in the eternal kingdom.
Mark 8:36 (New International Version)What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
Knowing Christ through relationship, gives us the ability to understand this world for what it is. We know the truth simply because we know Christ. We are set free by the price he paid for all of us. That is the truth of salvation; a gift of which the world has no comparisons.