Freedom on-off Doctrines

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Timothy 4:16; Galatians 5:1; 6:14..

In the Old Testament, God gave his people very specific laws and regulations to guide them in their living.  He gave them laws concerning dietary restrictions, procedures for dealing with infectious diseases and even mildew, rules for farming, for a Sabbath day, how to punish specific crimes, and how to conduct international relations.  He gave them specific instructions on how they were to worship him, what sacrifices to bring at different occasions, how the priest was to handle the sacrifice, and even what to do with the ashes from a sacrifice.  All of these laws were meant to keep Israel together as a nation and point ahead to the coming Savior.

Roughly 2,000 years ago, that Savior came and fulfilled God’s law for all people..offering forgiveness of Sins for All People and Justifying many by Grace through Faith. Imagine, All of those laws meant to keep Israel together as a nation were not binding on God’s people anymore, as written in Acts 15, Galatians 5:1, and Colossians 2:16-17. They no longer had any specific restrictions for living and regulations for worship. Now, They could live and worship in any God-pleasing way they wanted. That is what we call Christian freedom, and such “grace into justification marking freedom” was extended to you, me and many others.

Thanks to Christ fulfilling God’s law for everyone, now as ambassadors, we Christians have the freedom to use our sanctified judgment in deciding the wisest course of action with the help of Holy Ghost, for things neither commanded nor forbidden by God on-to HIS divine satisfaction.

Almighty LORD, inspire me to use my Christ-won freedom wisely for the sake of others and the gospel..that the exercise of my rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak, in Jesus name, Amen!

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