What Is Christian Liberty With Scriptures Addressing Freedom
Posted on August 22 2020
What Is Christian Liberty?
When considering the idea of Christian liberty, one can't help but wonder if misunderstanding liberty in Christ has an affect on sharing the faith with others. We've come to the conclusion that a bold expression of the Christian faith and understanding Christian liberty are synonymous. That being said, a hinderance in sharing ones faith can often be directly attributed to ones misunderstanding of his or her position in Christ (i.e. Christian liberty).
Oftentimes, a part of the conversation around Christian liberty is what is a Christian allowed to do or not do. The real question buried deep within those questions is how much can I get away with before I've made God so mad that He quits on me.
Freedom in Christ is not why can't I do a thing, it's realizing that God loved us so much that He sent his Son to die for us while we were yet dead in our sins.
As a result of grasping this in our most inward being, we respond to God with thankfulness and a heart ready to honor Him. The question ceases being how close can I get to the line, and becomes why would I even want to go near it. Freedom is the beginning of a dedicated life in service of God independent of our own efforts, but rather in total surrender to what has already been accomplished through the God-man, Jesus Christ.
Christian freedom frees the Christians from being fixated on his or her own salvation and redirects them towards their ability to act in the true interest of ones neighbor. Christian liberty blows in our faces when we are immature and law-abiding for the purpose of trying to be good enough to please God. The truth is that the scriptures let us know that even our best efforts are filthy rags before a Holy God.
Christian freedom is therefore the [freedom of conscience], which frees our conscience from our work. In the end, freedom is our freedom to love God and others with all our heart and soul, because Christ has given us all his rights by making us children of God.
Christian evangelical liberty has become a matter of commanding what God has not commanded. Which leaves a man empty, defeated, and a shallow reflection of his full and total potential in Christ.
We've found over the years that someone who struggles with understanding christian liberty and being afraid of sharing ones faith tends to show up at the exact same time. The Christian that understands that they have been completely saved by grace through faith, because of the blood of Jesus Christ, often tends to be more passionate and courageous in their expression of their faith.
Now listen, this doesn't mean that the one who doesn't understand is incapable of doing so, or the one who does share or express with a fire in their belly any less wanting for an opportunity to grow. It simply means that we all have the chance to experience more of God and all that is christian liberty so that we can share our faith at the level God has called us to do so.
Having said that, this lack of understanding is a problem that we aim to solve here at Devoted Outlet - we partner with Christians to help them share their faith. Whether that be through the products that we design, or sharing what we know from our time in the scriptures, or simply encouraging one another to keep growing, we want to be a resource for all Christians to be able to enjoy the life God has called and equipped us to live.
And that, our friends, is about all we're going to say about that. Just to set the tone for many many other blogs that will follow in the years to come, here is a list of scriptures that we like to lean on when our enemy begins to throw accusations our way about the way God views us. Basically we like to remind him of what God has done, who we are, and what the end result will be :)
Be Encouraged | You Have Liberty, Christian! [us clarifying]
John 1:29 — The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
John 3:5-7 — Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
John 3:36 — He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
John 6:29 — Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
John 6:40 — And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 8:36 — Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Matthew 24:13 — But he who endures [in belief in Christs ability to cover your sins through faith] to the end shall be saved.
Matthew 10:32-32 — “Therefore whoever confesses Me [Jesus] before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me [Jesus] before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 12:31-32 — “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Romans 8:15 — For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
1 Corinthians 1:17 — For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
1 Corinthians 1:18 — For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:21 — For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:25 — Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 — For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
1 Corinthians 1:30 — But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
1 Corinthians 1:4-5 — And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 3:10 — According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
1 Corinthians 3:18-19 — Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;
1 Corinthians 6:11 — And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 8:9 — But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. [this implies that there is in fact liberty for the Christian]
Philippians 3:3 — For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh
Colossians 1:18 — And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Colossians 1:21-22 — And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight
Colossians 1:14 — in whom we have redemption [through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 2:6 — s you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him [by grace through faith]
Colossians 1:21-23 — And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Colossians 1:27-29 — To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Hebrews 3:14 — For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end…
Hebrews 4:14 — Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Hebrews 7:23-28 — Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.
Hebrews 8:1-13 — Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins [b]and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 10:26-27; 28 — For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries… Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
1 Peter 1:9 — receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:13 — Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 2:15 — For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
1 Peter 3:18 — For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit…
1 John 2:1 — My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous
1 John 3:19-23 — And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall [b]assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
Matthew 15:1-9 — Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
“‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’”
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