13 Therefore, my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Jesus told His disciples,
"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)
Truth is knowledge of things as they were, as they are, and as they are to come. When we know the truth about who we are as sons and daughters of God and when we know the truth about Jesus Christ and His love and sacrifice for us, we can be free. Ignorance of spiritual things and eternal truth is captivity. Without knowledge of these things, we are subject to the carnal mind and become the servants of passion rather than the children of a loving God.