“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)
Many ask the question, How can we know truth in a world that has so many “options”, where everything is “relative”, or “that’s your opinion; this is my opinion.” Jesus answers that clearly in the foregoing passage. Oswald Chambers expands on the thought in his usual amazingly simple fashion in the following remark.
“Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. Spiritual confusion can only be conquered through obedience. As soon as we obey, we have discernment. When our natural power of sight is devoted and submitted in obedience to the Holy Spirit, it becomes the very power by which we perceive God’s will, and our entire life is kept in simplicity.”
Discernment and knowing the truth are essentially one and the same. A lot of people seem to have a corner on the market of saying, “The truth shall make you free.” They do not realize that what has become a pop meme is prefaced within an “if-then-and” statement from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Knowing truth – what is good, real, and right – is contingent on faithfulness in discipleship, to hearing Jesus and following Him. It is a result, per Jesus. We learn and discern truth by hearing and obeying what God says.
We must learn to hear what Jesus is showing us. It starts with the written word. We ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to our hearts. Gradually we learn to recognize that Still Small Voice. A disciple is one who not only hears and learns but who obeys. This builds discernment and leads to knowledge of truth. “…blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28).
At the end of the day, it is not about debate, or defending the “truth” the way I see it, or a lot of high sounding philosophy. Obedience in the disciple – the fruit of the Holy Spirit – is observed by the world, and is far more convincing than argumentation.
See: http://utmost.org/arguments-or-obedience/ – Arguments or Obedience by Oswald Chambers
More supportive cross references to Luke 11:28 found here: http://www.openbible.info/labs/cross-references/search?q=Luke+11%3A28