Summary: How are we to use our freedom in Christ?
Do you think the world thinks when a person gives their life to Jesus that they are free? Does the world think that our lives are about a bunch of ¡§you cannot do that¡¨ rules?
True freedom cannot exist without boundaries.
Freedom and discipline have come to be regarded as mutually exclusive, when in fact freedom is not at all the opposite, but the final reward, of discipline. It is to be bought with a high price, not merely claimed. ... The [professional] skater and [race] horse are free to perform as they do only because they have been subjected to countless hours of grueling work, rigidly prescribed, and faithfully carried out. Men are free to soar into space because they have willingly confined themselves in a tiny capsule designed and produced by highly trained scientists and craftsmen, have meticulously followed instructions and submitted themselves to rules which others defined.
ƒÞ Elisabeth Elliot in All That Was Ever Ours. Christianity Today, Vol. 32, no. 16.
Freedom is not free, with freedom comes responsibility, we have to decide what we will do with our freedom in Christ. In our country we have been given freedom, the problem our country is having is that we have forgotten that with freedom comes responsibility.
The Founding Fathers understood that how a person uses their liberty or freedom will determine how well the nation would function.
Christians have responsibilities that come with our gift of freedom.
We have to decide if we are going to use the gift of freedom or abuse the gift.
I. OUR CALL
„X GAL 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
„X (GWT) 5:1 Christ has freed us so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom. Therefore, be firm
„X Our call authorizes believers to lay claim to their freedom, and It challenges believers to use their freedom responsibly.
„X Paul begins by explaining our calling: we are called to (freedom) liberty. The Christian is a free man. He is free from the guilt of sin because he has experienced God¡¦s forgiveness. He is free from the penalty of sin because Christ died for him on the cross. And he is, through the Spirit, free from the power of sin in his daily life. He is also free from the Law with its demands and threats. Christ bore the curse of the Law and ended its tyranny once and for all. We are ¡§called unto liberty¡¨ because we are ¡§called into the grace of Christ
„X JOHN 8:31-32 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
„X Notice the implication and responsibility that comes with freedom.
„X Our freedom is something that we can use for God and his kingdom, or it is something that we can abuse and use for our own selfish benefit. We can take the freedom that we have and use it as a license or turn it into legalism.