Monday, August 18, 2014

Christian Liberty? (Part 1)

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

We often hear people talking about Christian liberty, but what is true Christian liberty? Is it liberty to do what you want? What is the basis of it and where is this liberty found? What hinders Biblical liberty?

Earlier in Romans 3-8 we learn that we are free from: The guilt of sin, the bondage of the law and the power of sin. In Galatians 2-6 we learn that we have died to the law and have crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:19-20). We also are told that we have crucified the flesh and are crucified to the world (Gal. 5:24, 6:14). Liberty is freedom from that which binds (John 8:31-36). True Christian liberty is the freedom of the New Nature that loves to obey and do the will of God. It is true that the flesh, if not reckon dead can be use this liberty as a license, which is not true liberty in Christ. True liberty does not ask can I do this or is this permitted as a Christian. 

Romans 14, demonstrates to us what it is that motivates true liberty. It is not freedom to do whatever I want, but first and foremost freedom to do whatever my Lord wants me to do! At least eight times in Romans 14:6-9 we read the word “Lord.” The key to true Christian liberty is to realize that I am not my own and that I have been bought with the price of the precious blood of Christ (1 Cor. 6:19-20)! My life is not mine, I no longer live to myself but for the One who loved me and gave Himself for me (Gal. 2:20)! 

The second thing that we learn from Romans 14 that my liberty in Christ is not for me to do what benefits me but for me to build and strengthen others (Rom. 14:14-23). True Christian liberty does not focus on serving myself and living as I please. True liberty brings true JOY by putting Jesus first, Others in between and Yourself last! 

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