It is the TRUTH that you KNOW that will set you free…
The word ‘know’ in this verse of Scripture means to have intimate knowledge of or to be personally acquainted with… in other words the truth in which you have personal experience, is the truth that will set you free.
God’s Word (the Bible) is truth. As Jesus was praying for His disciples, He said, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” We know that Jesus was praying to the Father and He calls God’s Word (logos) truth. When Jesus refers to truth here, He is referring to the divine truth that is revealed to you. It is information or insight you did not previously know or it was seemingly hidden…
James offers this practical reminder: Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. In other words, the truth you know is the truth you do or put into action. If the truth calls you more than a conqueror, then why would you walk around as if you are defeated? If the truth says that you can do ALL things through Christ, then why would you place limitations on your ability?
James 1:23-24 says, “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
It is very important to hear the truth so that you will know the truth. It is when you actually apply the truth to your life that you experience freedom. Jesus says, “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” The word ‘then’ seems to imply that some other information came before. The word ‘then’ is most often coupled with the word ‘if’. The ‘if’ part of knowing the truth is found in the preceding verse which says, “…If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine…”
So it is the continuing in His Word which brings about knowing the Truth… How does one continue in God’s Word? You continue in His Word by reading it, studying it, meditating on it and yes eventually doing it…putting it into practice. James 1:25 says, “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do.”