Living the Christian Life Series part 2.Unit 6k Christian Liberty
The Freedom from the Power of Sin
To Live for God.
The Application of the Principles and Precepts of Godís Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.
(If you have not looked at information on Principles look at Unit 4a first)
Unit 6k Christian Liberty
Syllabus for Applying the Principle of Christian Liberty Unit 6
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1. Assignment: Look up all references given, and summarize them.
Send in your summaries and self test when finished, as well as any questions you may have. Also include any other assignments you have completed. They will be evaluated and returned, with answers to questions, and the next unit of the Family of God Bible Outlines on Biblical Christianity.
We must remember that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not yours or the worlds.
Keep in mind every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God.
See what you can learn of Godís will for you. [His heart for you]
the application of what you have studied in this unit. After completing
this study. Spend some time in prayer and examination of your life to see
if you are abusing your liberty in Christ.
Table of Content
The principle of liberty
The precept of liberty
Living the Christian Life of liberty
Responsibilities of liberty
APPLYING THE PRINCIPLE OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
The PRINCIPLE of Christian liberty is founded in the work of Christ and His immutable Word.
1. His work: To set people free from sin and religious bondage.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18-19
Consider: Isa. 61:1-2
Notice: the means of setting them free was the teaching and preaching the gospel, of man's condition, and God's provision.
"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." Math. 4:23
Consider: Rom. 3:9-23, 5:5-21
The PRECEPT of Liberty is three fold.
(1) Liberty is conditional to receiving the gospel.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom.10:9-13
Consider: John 1:11-13
(2) Liberty is appropriated by being led of His Spirit.
"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body,ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Rom. 8:12-14
Consider: Rom. 8:12-14; Gal 516-25
(3) Liberty is progressive in proportion to ones commitment to Christ.
"But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Rom. 6:17-18
Read Romans Chapters. 6-8
Consider: Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor.
The Apostle Paul spoke of three tenses of Christ saving those in peril of death, "Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;" 2 Cor. 1:10
Living the Christian life of liberty in Christ also has three tenses.
Setting us free from sin in this life [sanctification] has three tenses.
Past tense "Who delivered us" [from our sin ] The Christian's standing before God:
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." Rom. 5:5-11_
Consider: 1 Cor. 6:9-12; 2 Cor. 5:17-21
Present tense, "and doth deliver" [Imperfect but being made perfect in Christ] The Christian's state:
" And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."
Remember: Rom. chapters 6-8
This is the process of sanctification that frees us from the power of Satan in our lives and makes us vessels fit for His service.
Christ sanctifies us through His Word.
"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you." John 15;3
Consider: John 14:26, 16:7-11, 17:18-19
As God cannot use an unholy vessel, if we do not respond to His word He will make known His Spirit's grief to bring us to repentance and cleansing.
"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." Eph.4:30
Consider: Acts 7:51; 1 Thes. 5:19;
If His Word or prompting of his Spirit does not moves us, He will use chastisement to sanctifies us.
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." Heb. 12:5-6
Consider: 1 Cor. 11:27-28; Heb. 12:7-14
Confession of sin sets us free of guilt and shame and cleanses us from all unrighteousness making us fit vessels for His service.
"To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hid e thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: andmy tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." Psalm 51
Consider: 1 John 1:5-26, 20, 3:6-10
Christian Liberty is the result of God's forgiving grace.
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Heb.9:14
Consider: Psa. 103:1-12; Jer. 31:34;
Christian Liberty is given that we may choose to be in God's service and place of blessing.
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." Rom. 6:22
Consider: John 15:1-11, 17:17-26; Rom.12:1-2; Gal.5:22-25, 6:1-2,
Future tense, [from the presents of our sin nature] "will yet deliver us"
" And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal mustput on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Cor. 15:49-58
Consider: Rom. 8:27-30; Eph. 1:1-14,
2:6-10; 1 Thes. 5:24
The assurance of keeping our Liberty is the result of God's integrity to keep His Word, to those who chose Him.
"Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:" Jude 1
Consider: Psa. 103:1-12; Jer. 31:34; Heb. 9:14
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36
A Christian may fall in sin but he cannot stay in it. [walk in it]
"Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother." 1 John 3:-8
Read Rom. 7 Consider: Rom. 8:1-14, 1 John 1:5-2:6, 20
Remember: The progress of sanctification is not mystical, or a secret formula that some discover. It is only dependent on the attitude of the heart and mind of the Christian.
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." Prov. 23:7
Consider: Mat. 15:18-20; Luke 6:45-46; 2 Cor. 3:2-6; Phil. 3:14-21; 1 Pet. 3:15
Like liberty the process of sanctification is progressive in proportion to one's commitment to Christ. Therefore the true Christian life is in a constant state of change, there is no status quo. Although there may be a plateau while going through a period of chastening, until we respond to God's Word and leading.
All God's work for you and in you is so He can work through you to others!
"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;" 2 Cor. 5:18
Consider: John 15:16, 17:18; 2 Cor. 5:19-21
The RESPONSIBILITIES of Liberty
"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: Andthat he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." 2 Cor. 5:14-15
Consider: Rom. 6:14-22; Gal. 2:20, 5:1
"Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. " Rom. 14:13
Consider: 1 Cor. 7:22; 1 Cor. 8:1-13, 9:23, 10:33; Gal. 5:1, 13; Phil. 2:15-18; 2 Tim. 2:10
Beware of misuse:
"As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God." 1 Pet. 2:16
Consider: 2 Cor. 2:10: James 2:12
Self test: on the Principle of Christian Liberty
These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on Godís Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.
Things to Consider:
Q1. What is Christian Liberty for?
Q2. By what ways is Christian Liberty is attained?
Q3. How can Christian Liberty be abused?
Q4. What do you consider to be the greatest benefits of Christian Liberty?
Q5. What are the responsibilities of Christian liberty?
You are now ready to study unit 6l Judgement Vs. Condemnation
May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 ď
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to
them who are the called according to his purpose.Ē
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith
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