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The Truth Shall Make You Free



CHAPTER XXX

FREEDOM NOW!

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THIS vision of a free world without end is to be credited to Jehovah God alone. It has been made plain by his reigning King at the temple, Christ Jesus. Its marvelous details are written down in His "word of truth". The brightening light that is now shed upon its sacred pages, illuminating them, is proof that we are in the "time of the end", the time when the meaning of the Bible's pages should be unsealed to those running to and fro through them. —Daniel 12:4.

By the spending of your time and effort to apply your mind to the study of the vision you have bought much truth. (Proverbs 23: 23) Do not now sell such truth at any price this world and its "new world order" can offer. The truth is your most precious possession, for it is the truth that makes you free. The freedom that Christ Jesus the Great Master promised to the disciples of truth is not freedom as a civilian of this world. The freedom as a citizen of any nation of this world is now greatly endangered. It is fast being swallowed up in totalitarian rule, and will pass away completely in that identical postwar arrangement which the creators thereof hold forth as the stronghold of the

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"Four Freedoms". All deceived thereby will be bitterly disillusioned.

The freedom which the truth through Christ bestows upon you endures for ever. If you continue in His word, no human or demon power can take the true freedom away from you. It is a foretaste of that new world from God's hand, in which "the creation itself will be emancipated from the slavery of corruption, into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans together and travails in pain together till the present time". With your possessing the truth and living according to its light, your freedom begins now. —Romans 8: 21, 22, Diaglott.

Those of the world who boast of its freedoms are slaves without being aware of it or without honestly acknowledging it: slaves of sin. They are the slaves of error, superstition and religion. They are the slaves of the invisible, superhuman demons who rule the darkness of this world, and no discoveries of "science falsely so called" can make these spiritistic forces subject to human control. The world is organized sin and error; it is rebellion against God organized and is hopelessly under demon domination. "The friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4) It can never be a free world. Its friends are bound up with it, to suffer the wrath of God upon it and to die chained to it at its destruction.

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Dictatorial and totalitarian powers may take away from you your personal liberty and your civic freedoms, but they can not take from you the freedom wherewith the truth makes you free. The truth makes you free from sin, fear, religion and demon rule. The truth makes you free to serve Jehovah God and to follow his Christ. In that course lies the way to everlasting life in the new world of righteousness. The truth frees you from credulity, uncertainty and instability: "that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ." —Ephesians 4:14,15.

Having now begun, you must continue in Christ's word. You must be a doer of it, keeping the law of truth. "He who looks intently into that which is the perfect law of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of its work, this man will be blessed in his deed." (James 1:25, Diaglott) If you have the truth, God grants you the liberty to publish it to others. The preservation of the truth and of liberty is not by keeping it to yourself, but by telling it out that others "may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will". (2 Timothy 2: 25, 26) To hold fast the truth, you must "walk in truth", which means to make

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progress in it and to live in harmony with the righteous precepts of God's Word of truth.

The greatest truth is that of Jehovah's kingdom and the vindication of his holy name by it. His Son, the King, fearlessly proclaimed the truth of that kingdom and he remained free, bowing in servitude to none but God. To enjoy freedom you must do likewise. Seek companionship with those who study the truth and who then publish it. Join with them in boldly proclaiming the Kingdom truth. They are the only free people on the earth, and made so by the God of liberty. Sing forth the praises of Jehovah God and his King and kingdom, and fight for and enjoy the liberty of His new world.


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