Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Liberty in Christ

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).

This is a popular verse for those who like to pervert the gospel and try to condone or ignore sin. They say we have liberty in Christ, so therefore, we do not have to concern ourselves with obedience or following the New Testament pattern.

The New Testament teaches that through Christ we are free from the Old Law (Col. 2:14), sin and death (Rom. 6:6-7), and following the commands of men (Col. 2:20-22). But we are not free from following the instructions of Christ and His word (Heb. 5:8; 2 Th. 1:8).

It is a mistake to use liberty as a justification for sin. Just as Paul wrote to the Galatians, “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh” (Gal. 5:13).

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