The Gospels – The Gospel According to John
The Truth shall set us free
John 8:31-32 Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
The question of freedom here has got nothing to do with the earthly freedom that the Jews were expecting of their Messiah. Jesus was speaking about spiritual freedom. Freedom from having to commit sins. The individual who is truly free is that who is free spiritually from the entanglements that sins are bound to weave.
As have been discussed, a transgression against the Will of God whether in the form of evil thoughts, words or deeds lead to the formation of threads of fate attached to the producers of such works. These threads bind the individual and eventually control the free will of the individual because they attach this or that propensity to him so that he continues to behave in the fashion that these thought forms desire.
Through this process he has actually lost his free will. He is no longer free to decide in which direction his volitions are to go. These volitions go in the directions desired by the propensity only. In addition, he, through his evil actions has bound himself to those that he has harmed and he will have to live through the consequences of every single wrong deed before he is free from these threads. These threads are like chains that fetter him down and prevent his ascent to better regions.
Those who know the Truth through their acceptance of the Word of God know exactly what they have to do to free themselves from these fetters. They have the knowledge that they must stop thinking, speaking and acting in an evil manner. This knowledge allows them to apply their volitions in a better direction which leads them to form good works which in time counteract the evil that they had previously done. This counteracting effect eventually dissipates their previous evil and they become free of this evil provided that they do not add more evil to the previous ones.
The Truth that Jesus brought is this knowledge that will set people free. Truth is knowledge and also the Way and since Jesus embodied this Truth, He could claim that He was the Way to the Father. The Truth that He represented and embodied is the Way to God and freedom from sin.