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Spiritual Liberty, Love, Sacrifice

Overview

Spiritual liberty, love, sacrifice, profit, restoration, and burden bearing: principles that guide believers’ actions and attitudes when around other people

 

  • The law of liberty states that every church age  believer has complete freedom from servitude to  religious taboos. For example,  he may eat meat or ignore religious festivals. God has freed every believer to live under grace, and by the Holy Spirit, Bible doctrine, and faith. New and weak believers do not understand this or the right application of liberty (1 Corinthians 8:1-13; 10.23; Romans 14:5-8).
  • The law of love states that a stronger or mature believer, when accompanied by a weaker or immature believer, ought to refrain from activity that the weaker believer does not understand he has the freedom to do. Paul noted that believers had the right to eat meat that had been sacrificed to idols. But believers who were new to the faith might see this and think it was sinful. In this case, Paul said, the stronger believer should refrain so as not to create a false issue for the immature believer (1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Romans 14:15, 21).
  • The law of sacrifice states that a believer, under certain circumstances,  may set aside his normal rights and expectations so that false issues do not prevent the reception of the gospel and Bible teaching.   Paul did not take pay for witnessing to and teaching the Corinthians, though he had that  right and expectation (1 Corinthians 9:7-14).
  • The law of profit states that the believer should set aside a correct action if it confuses the gospel in the mind of  the unbeliever. This principle is similar to the principle of love; Paul uses the same illustration. Here the emphasis is on the profit to the unbeliever; profit being that he understand the gospel and have nothing that might hinder his faith in Christ. Under the principle of profit we specifically do all to God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:23-33).
  • The law of restoration states that a spiritual believer ought to be willing to guide a carnal believer (living by the sinful nature) back to the status of spirituality (living by the Holy Spirit). The purpose is to bring about spiritual recovery—that is, spirituality and fellowship—and help the recovered believer gain spiritual strength (Galatians 6:1).
  • The law of burden bearing states that a spiritually strong believer ought to help a spiritually weak believer bear up under or stand strong under a pressure (health, discouragement, money, children, work, guilt, the future, and so on) that seems to be overwhelming the weaker believer. The strong believer gives encouragement, doctrine, prayer, and physical help so that the weaker believer may recover spiritual strength and stability (Romans 15:10; Galatians 6:2).

 Law

 Purpose

 Person to Help

 Problem

Liberty 

 Frees believers to live  under grace, and by the  Holy Spirit, Bible  doctrine, and faith

 All believers

 Not all believers  understand Christian  liberty

 Love

 Prevent Spiritual  Confusion

 Weak and untaught  believer

 Spiritually immature—  weaker believers—do  not understand spiritual  freedom, so may  become confused

 Sacrifice

 Remove hindrances to  hearing and receiving  the gospel and doctrine

 Unbeliever and carnal or  immature believer

 A believer demands his  rights

 Profit

 Keep the gospel  accurate and clear

 Unbeliever

 False issues hinder  understanding and  acceptance of gospel

 Restoration

 Help spiritual recovery

 Carnal believer

 Area of weakness and  sin

 Burden Bearing

 

 

 Help regain spiritual  strength and stability

 Struggling believer

 Has not learned to apply  God’s resources or has  become overwhelmed

Last Update

Wednesday, March 28, 2001