On John 8.31-36
THE END of the previous reading which has been read aloud to us from the holy Gospel, I put off speaking about on that occasion because I had already said many things; and one ought not to discuss cursorily nor carelessly the freedom into which the grace of the Savior calls us.
With the Lord's help, we intend to speak to you about this today.
(2) Now those to whom the Lord Jesus Christ was speaking were Jews, a great part of them indeed his enemies, but also a certain part of them had already become, and were soon to be, his friends; for he saw there certain ones, as we have already said, 1. who were going to believe after his passion. Looking upon these, he had said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am." 2. There were also there those who, when he spoke these words, believed immediately; to them he spoke what we have heard today: "Jesus therefore said to the Jews who had believed in him, 'If you abide in my word, you will indeed be my disciples.'" By abiding you will be; for because you are believers now, by abiding you will be beholders. And so he continues: "And you will know the truth."
(3) Truth is unchangeable. Truth is bread, it restores the mind and does not run short. It changes the one who eats it; it is not itself changed into the one who eats it. Truth itself is the Word of God, God with God, the only-begotten Son. This Truth was clothed in flesh for our sakes, that he might be born of the Virgin Mary and the prophecy fulfilled: "Truth sprang____________________