1. Christian liberty involves:
A. Freedom from the
rituals of the Mosaic law.
A. Romans 14:1-15:7
5. The weak
believer does not understand this doctrinal truth and therefore bases his
6. No believer has
any business judging another believer. This is God’s prerogative only.
7. Verses 5-9 deal
with the strong believer who has personal preferences in life. Each believer
8. One believer
chooses not to eat meat and he is free to do so according to the law of
neither one is to use that choice as a basis for finding favor with God or
for judging the
10. So all
believers can serve and please God equally regardless of their choices to do
or not do
11. Personal taboos
are never the issue. The issue is that whether we are alive here on earth or
12. Verses 10ff
then pick up again with the strong vs. the weak believer. According to
verses 4 and
13. Therefore, we
should not be judging each other but be constantly on the alert for
14. Everything that
is not forbidden in the word of God is permitted to believers. But if a
15. If such weak
believer sees you do something that he thinks is sin AND judges you for it,
16. Obviously, this
is done with YOUR knowledge of the weaker believer’s viewpoint. In such a
17. Do not cause
the weaker believer to sin by your adherence to the law of liberty, but
18. The real issue
in the Christian life is not what we DO or NOT do. It is righteousness,
19. When we
maintain our fellowship with God and walk according to the principle of
love, we not
20. Therefore, the
issue in our use of liberty is to pursue the things that make for peace;
21. By our use of
Christian liberty without the application of love, we can “destroy” the
22. We have liberty
to do anything that is not directly forbidden by the word of God, but when
23. It is good (right and proper) to do NOTHING that causes the weak believer to sin.
24. Verses 22-23
emphasize the principle that the believer is to have absolute confidence
25. Our obligation
as believers walking according to love, is to remove the weaknesses of the
26. We are to seek
the benefit (what is spiritually best) for the weaker believer FIRST, and
desist from doing the activity that offends the weaker believer.
27. Christ is our
example in this principle of walking according to love. When He died on the
28. The whole
thrust of this passage is to promote unity among believers through the
29. The conclusion:
Receive one another in the sphere of true Christian love – putting others
B. 1 Corinthians 8
1. Knowledge of bible
truth without the application of beneficent love is a source of soul
2. Knowledge with the application of beneficent love is the source of edification.
a. The filling of the Spirit – fellowship and love produces growth.
b. The application of love and our knowledge of bible truth helps others to grow.
3. The believer who
assumes to have knowledge and does not express beneficent love is actually
4. The believer who is
in fellowship with God, walking in the Spirit, has the capacity to enjoy
5. There are many
activities that are not specifically forbidden to the believer by God’s
6. Such believers who
consider one or more of these activities to be spiritually “off limits” and
a. The conscience
is the element of the heart (mentality) that contains a person’s norms and
b. A weak
conscience is one that is deficient of divine viewpoint which is the basis
c. Such a
conscience contains false criteria for conducting one’s Christian life;
false standards that
d. The weak believer sets up a system of false taboos to which he holds himself & other Christians.
7. Verse 8 indicates
that these unmentioned activities have no significance whatever in
8. The believer who
knows the principle of verse 8, is to be alert that he does not cause a weak
9. If a weak believer sees you doing one of these false taboos and –
a. You know he is
weak in that area.
- then it is your responsibility to –
a. Discontinue that activity.
b. Provide doctrinal instruction to help the weak believer.
10. Two reasons are stated.
a. The weak believer will be tempted to judge and thus sin.
b. The weak
believer will be tempted to do the activity and later feel guilty because of
11. When this happens
we are guilty of sin because we have neglected our responsibility to walk in
12. The principle is:
If something causes my brother to sin, then I will not do that activity with
13. The law of love
supersedes my own desires, wants and activities. However, I personally
C. 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
1. The doctrine of
Christian liberty states that all things are permissible to the believer
which are not
4. Don’t make an issue
of someone’s activity or your own, when that activity is a bona-fide
5. When dealing with
an unbeliever, do not make an issue of that person’s activities that are not
6. If the unbeliever
makes an issue of some activity that his conscience thinks is wrong, and
7. As believers,
through grace, we have liberty to do many things that the world (and even
8. Therefore, whatever
you do, do all to the glory of God. That means to seek the benefit and
9. The principle of
verse 24 applies to both believers and unbelievers. “Let no one seek his own
10. Our attitude should be as Paul’s was. Always seek the benefit of the other person before your own.
a. To believers so that they can be built up and grow spiritually.
b. To unbelievers
so that the issue of salvation will remain focused on faith in Christ and
not on any
to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
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