Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Christian and His Liberty: Christian Liberty and Conscience (Part IV)

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.” (Romans 14:7-9)

The conscience and its Creator is presented last. A man is not his own authority, nor is he an island unto himself. He belongs to his Master. Whether alive on this earth, or with God in heaven, the believer answers to Christ; therefore, it is imperative that he live in a manner which allows him to have a clear conscience toward God, regardless of how others may view him.

Christ's sacrifice makes the believer entirely His. Every Christian is intended to be completely given over to Christ's service. Christian liberty enables the believer to perform this service for his Master in a manner that is not unnecessarily restricting. Liberty never enables the believer to please his flesh. Such is the direct opposite of liberty's intended purpose. On the contrary, it is specifically designed to enable the saint to serve more freely. Often times when arguments and divisions arise over matters of “Christian liberty,” a fleshly spirit pervades. This is because most of these arguments are motivated by some self-desire that is trying to find itself a loop-hole through the avenue of liberty. The believer must be very cautious not to misapply the purpose of liberty. It sets the believer free to “...serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter (Romans 7:6).”

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