1 Corinthians 10:23-24 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.”
The precious truth that I have been set free from all punishment and penalty of my sin is a powerful one. No more of the sins I commit will ever be brought up for me to require payment – all are paid in Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:1-2 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Being made free from that which Christ paid does not give me liberty to do as my flesh wills because justice has been satisfied. Far greater principles are applied. I no longer am under the bondage of sin and death – it is true. But I am no longer the master of my own destiny, nor over my own body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
We who are saved children of God, are now made stewards of that which has been purchased. I cannot eat unrestrained without consequence – God calls it gluttony and there is a built in punishment for filling my body wantonly. Any and every sin has a built in consequence. Just because I will not have to stand before God to be judged, does not mean I will not have a price to pay.
Numbers 32:23 “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Many a saved child of God will use deceit to draw others into their sin of drinking alcohol when God expressly condemns it. Others will claim liberty when God never intended His children to partake in such behavior.
Paul, in this passage, is teaching a carnally minded church. They had wrongly thought they had liberty to just add God to their already sinful behavior because now they were made free from the punishment and payment of that sin.
God reminds us that once saved, we are to live out our life as He desires – not as it pleases me. As that purchased possession, I am to steward this body, but also my mind, my behavior, my speech, and everything I do. Why? Because of who I represent.
I was chastised more than once because I was told “That’s not how a son of mine acts”, “That’s not acceptable for a Treloar”. My parents were just parroting what God had taught them – I represent something bigger than just me.
I am a representative of Jesus Christ. I am an ambassador.
2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
We fail to be witnesses for this very thing. We come under the scrutiny of others once we declare who we are in Christ. We use a thinly veiled excuse – ‘I’m just human; I make mistakes.’ We fail to realize that God has placed His Spirit within us to live the life that we cannot in the flesh.
The liberty I now possess is to come to my Heavenly Father and allow Him to make me and mold more to be like His Son Jesus. He knew that we would stumble. But when we stop trying is when we fail.
Do not allow our enemy to take our liberty and use it to show the world we are just like them. We ARE different. We should act different. We should talk different. Those with which we keep company should be different.
Paul spoke expressly that if I used my liberty to cause others to not come to Christ, I was to blame. Take it to heart child of God – others are watching you.