“The Truth Shall Make You Free”

John 8:32

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

“Ye shall know the truth. . . . How will this knowledge of spiritual truth come? By heeding the words of Christ; by seeking to live in conformity to every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God, ‘for the word of the Lord is truth’ (D&C 84:44–45); by devout, personal desire; by sincere scriptural study; and by fervent personal prayer.

“Spiritual truths are known only by revelation. ‘The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God’ (1 Cor. 2:11). ‘When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth’ (John 16:13). ‘By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things’ [Moroni 10:5].

“Christ Himself set the pattern; He progressed from grace to grace until ‘[h]e received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth; and no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments. He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things’ (D&C 93:26–28).

“The truth shall make you free . . . [f]ree from the damning power of false doctrine; free from the bondage of appetite and lust; free from the shackles of sin; free from every evil and corrupt influence and from every restraining and curtailing power; free to go on to the unlimited freedom enjoyed in its fulness only by exalted beings.”

(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1965–73], 1:456–57.)

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