What is Liberty?

1. WHAT LIBERTY IS NOT

A. Christian Liberty Is Not About Personal Freedom and One’s Rights!
B. Absolute Liberty without Limitations Results in Slavery and Addictions

11. WHAT LIBERTY IS ACCORDING TO PAUL

A. Paul uses the word “Liberty” nine times in his writings or ten if he authored Hebrews.
B. Three different Greek words are translated into our English language as “Liberty” or four if Paul authored Hebrews; they are:
1. “eleutheros” meaning “free” One is at Liberty upon the Death of his/her Spouse to Remarry (1Cor. 7:39)
2. “exousia” meaning “authority or privilege” Christian Liberty has limitations; for example, if one’s liberty becomes a stumbling block to fellow Grace Believers or hurts their conscience (1Cor. 8:9)
3. “apoluo” meaning “to loose away” Timothy has been set at Liberty from prison (Heb. 13:23)
4. “eleutheria” meaning “freedom or liberty” (Rom. 8:21; 1Cor. 10:29; 2Cor. 3:17; Gal. 2:4; 5:2, 13)

111.SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES ON HOW TO HAVE AND MAINTAIN LIBERTY IN CHRIST

A. By understanding the Law is not for the Body of Christ (Ac. 15:1-41)
B. By knowing the Security we have in Christ (Rom.8:1-39 (5-6)
C. By fulfilling all of the moral law through love (Rom.13:13)
D. By Receiving the “weaker” saint as Christ received you. (Rom. 14:1-23 (5, 21, 23)
E. By Refusing to participate in or overlooking sinful actions (1Cor. 5:1)
F. By Realizing “such were some” but now “washed, sanctified and justified” remembering Who’s you are and the potential loss of rewards (1Cor. 6:9-11)
G. By Restraining Liberty to avoid “bondage” and “sorrow” (1Cor. 6:12-20)
H. By the Prioritizing Love over Personal Liberty (1Cor. 8:1-13 (1, 12-13)
I. By Doing all for the Glory (Manifestation of God) -Show off God (1Cor. 10:31)
J. By Walking, Being Led and Living by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:1-26 (1, 13)
K. By Giving Thanks for all things (Eph. 5:20)
L. By Rejecting the “yoke of bondage” (Col. 2:8, 16)
M. By Recognizing God’s ownership with thanksgiving (1Tim. 4:4)
N. By Properly Understanding the purpose and place of material goods1Tim. 6:17)
O. By Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth (2Tim. 2:15)
Note: Notice all of the action verbs required on the part of the Grace Believer!

IV. WHAT CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IS ALL ABOUT

A. Christian Liberty is About Manifesting Christ in a Positive Way (1Cor. 10:31)
(1Cor. 10:31)
B. Christian Liberty is About Magnifying Christ (Name) (Col.3:17)
C. Christian Liberty is About Markers (Boundaries) (1Cor. 8:6-13)
D. Christian Liberty is About Ministry (1Cor. 9:3-6; 12.18-23)
E. Christian Liberty is About Motivation (1Cor. 9:24-27)
F. Christian Liberty is About Meaning

V. WHAT CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IS

A. Christian Liberty is Freedom from Sin – “eleutheria”
1. When all believers are resurrected then commences the New Creation (Rom. 8:21)
2. Without the Spirit one is lost and still in bondage to sin ( 2Cor. 3:17- (cf. Rom. 8:9)
3. Christian Liberty does not give one the right to a lifestyle of licentiousness (Gal. 5:13)
B. Christian Liberty is Freedom from the Law- “eleutheria”
1. False, ignorant or misled brethren seek to bring Grace Believers back under the Law (Gal. 2:4)
2. Paul presents the “Liberty Coin”; engraved on one side of the “Liberty Coin” are the words “Christian Liberty” and on the other side are engraved the words “Carnal Licentiousness”. Christian Liberty means one has been set free from the Law, Legalism and Licentiousness. Both Freedom from the Law and Sin provides Grace Believes acceptance and approval from and before God. (Gal. 5:1-2, 13)

V1. LIBERTY AND LAW IN GALATIANS

A. Liberty and Law in Galatians 5:1-12
1. The Law Enslaves the Believer (5:1-2)
2. The Law Obligates the Believer (5:3)
3. The Law Alienates Christ (5:4-6)
4. The Law Hinders Growth (5:7-10)
5. The Law Removes the Offense of the Cross (5:11-12)
B. Liberty and Licentiousness (Gal. 5:13-26)
1. The Root of Licentiousness (5:13-21)
2. The Fruit of the Spirit (5:22-26)
C. Liberty and Liability (Gal. 6:1-10)
1. Liability toward the Weak and Sinful (6:1-5)
2. Liability toward the Workers and Servant (6:6-9)
3. Liability toward World and Saints (6:10)

V11. OUTLINE ANALYSIS OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IN GALATIANS

A. Galatians- A Major Book on Law, Legalism and Liberty
1. The Churches of Galatia regressed back to Judaic legalism under the influence of the Messianic Jewish Brethren (Gal. 1:6-9; 3:1-5)
2. The Churches of Galatia reverted back to being “under sin” (Gal. 3:22) and “under law” (Gal.3:23) and consequently they had “fallen from grace” (Gal. 5:4)
3. The Churches of Galatia went back to observing the Jewish calendar by observing the “days, and months, and times, and years” (Gal. 4:9-11)
4. The Churches of Galatia under the teachings of the “false brethren” (Gal. 2:4) began to view Paul their enemy (Gal. 4:16)
5. The Churches of Galatia spiritual growth had become stagnant under legalism (Gal. 2:16-20; 3:1-5; 5:11-26; 6:12-15)
6. The Churches of Galatia were made to see the antithesis between Legalism and Liberty (Gal. 2:4; 2:19; 3:2; 4:1-4, 9-10; 28-31; 5:1, 13-26; 6:12-15)
7. Legalism prevented the Churches of Galatia from having “Christ formed in you” hindering their spiritual growth and maturity (Gal. 4: 19 (cp.15-31)
B. Galatians-Lessons Learned From Legalism
1. Legalism is the result of making a decision to depart from the Gospel of Grace (Gal. 1:6)
2. The Churches of Galatia had accepted the Gospel of Grace and Liberty found in Christ; however, many returned to their previously held legalistic traditions and way of life promoted within the Messianic Church as do many members of the Mystery Church (Body of Christ) do today (Gal. 1:13-14; 2:4-10; 2:12-19; 3: 1-5; 4:28- 5:1; 6:12-16)
3. Legalism always contains false gospel content (Gal. 1:6)
4. Legalism creates an atmosphere of suspicion of another’s motives, methods and message (Gal. 1:1012)
5. Legalism is easily detected by a Grace Believer who was once in a legalistic religious system (Gal. 1:13-14)
6. Legalism uses various techniques of infiltration (spying) to gather information and to build up a trust among unsuspecting Grace Believers until the legalist considers his time has arrived to openly act out his purpose of bringing others back into the “yoke of bondage” thereby stealing their “liberty in Christ” (Gal. 2:1-4; 5:1-4).
7. Legalism, when exposed to the Grace of God and the Dispensation of the Grace, disintegrates before the truth of the Gospel of Grace preventing the spread its vicious message of bondage (Gal. 2:5-9)
8. Legalism is a reality and is frequently detected among the leadership (Gal. 2: 11-19)
9. Legalism is a failure to rightly divide the Word of Truth or distortion of the truth. For example:
a. Legalism uses the Law for the wrong purpose (Gal. 3:19-25 w/ 1Tim. 1:7-11)
b. Legalism is the extreme enforcement of the Doctrine of Separation and teaches it is a mark of true spirituality (Gal. 3:1-5 w/2Cor. 6:14-17)
c. Legalism advocates water baptism as the entrance or “door” into church whereas Paul teaches Spirit Baptism places the Grace Believer “in Christ” (Gal. 3:27-29) and “into one body” (1Cor. 12:13)
10. Legalists are incapable of learning from human experience and failure; legalists are always looking for something “bigger, brighter and better” without ever finding lasting and personal satisfaction and are incapable of satisfying others. (Gal.3:3-4)
11. Legalism eventually enslaves the legalist to a life of frustration and failure for the law is a “ministration of death” (2Cor. 3:7) and a “ministration of condemnation” (2Cor. 3:9) (Gal. 2:4; 2:14, 18; 3:10-13; 4:9-10, 22-31; 5:1-6; 6:14-16)
12. Legalism’s Lexicon
a. “Bondage” – definition is “”the slavery to the principles and ways of regular human living.” (Gal. 2:4; 4:22-26; 5:1)
b. “Bewitched” – definition is “to have evil brought upon you by vain praise” or “appeals to a person’s lust for approbation and tries to drag him into legalism to satisfy it” (Gal. 3:1-3)
c. “Brainless” i.e. “Foolish” –definition is “not understanding” (Gal. 3:3)
d. “Blessing”- neither this word nor its definition is found in Legalism’s Lexicon; the word “curse” is found (Gal. 3:6-14) /DRC

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