“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, ‘If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’” John 8:31-32 (KJB)
“He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:47
Verses 31 and 32 were spoken to seems to have believed in Him, but they could not see themselves as being in bondage; even while they as a people were enslaved to the Roman empire.
The words of verse 47 seems to show that they were not hearing God’s word to the point that Jesus was teaching. To “Continue” in His word is to live, to abide in it; making it every bit a part of one’s life. Many of these leaders of religion could quote the whole law, but did not rest in neither trust their God and only Savior.
They were in fact still bound by the law which condemns them, and shows them their is only one hope. That hope is found by means of a single sacrifice for sin.
That single sacrifice for sin was given when Jesus went to the cross and died for the sins of the world.
Do you want to be free, truly free? Then, the only way is through the death, burial, and resurrection of the God-Man Christ Jesus. He forever lives. This is God’s grace. Grace is not free. It was paid for with the life of God’s own Son.
Now, what are you going to do with that information?