The author of 2 John says,
“The truth that dwelleth in you, and with you shall be without end.”
“If ye dwell in my word, verily ye shall be my disciples;
32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
36 Therefore if the Son [shall] make you free, verily ye shall be free.” (John 8: 31-32, 36; WYC)
Jesus, the Word of God, the Son of God, the Truth of God, dwells within us. As we dwell in His Word, we become His disciples. As we learn the Truth, the Truth makes us free. And, our freedom is without end because the Son of God makes us free.
“Therefore [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25, NIV)
Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I Am?”
The answer we give marks us for eternity. If we say with our mouths, “You are the Christ,” then we know the truth, and this truth sets us free — free from sin and death.
If we say, “You are a great teacher,” then we do not know the truth, and the lie we believe does not serve us well. Believing Jesus is only a great teacher may comfort us, but this lie does not save.
The Pharisees in an attempt to test Jesus demand a sign from heaven. “But sighing deeply in His Spirit, [Jesus] says, ‘Why does this generation demand a sign? I assure you: No sign is given to this generation!’ ” (Mark 8: 12)
Jesus asks His disciples who the people say He is. Some people say, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, one of the prophets.” (Mark 8: 28) In other words, the people recognize Jesus is an extraordinary man, but miss the obvious truth that He is more than just a man.
When Jesus asks Peter, Peter responds rightly, “You are the Messiah!” (Mark 8: 29)
Jesus does not deny Peter’s statement. Instead He warns His disciples to keep this truth to themselves for now.