True Liberty, Pt. 2
By Sean Mungin
In becoming believers in Christ, we have been granted freedom beyond expression and our wildest imagination (Jn 8:32, 36; Rom 6:18-23; 8:2; Gal 5:1). We are free from sin and its curse. We are free from death and the grave and their hold on us once we have walked the way of the earth. We are free from the power of all powers and principalities in high places. We have been granted Kingdom privileges as the children of God through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ through the shedding of His Blood for the remission of the sins of all who believes and receives Its power to translate us from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom and family of God. We have dominion and spiritual authority over all of the power and works of the devil. This is a part of our Christian heritage and inheritance.
However, this does not give us the right to exercise our liberty and spiritual prerogatives to live in any manner of our choosing. As ambassadors of Christ, we must understand that we have become a new creature (2 Cor 5:17-21). On the other hand, this new found liberty does not give us the right to adopt the spirit and mentality of Lamech (Gen 4:19-24).
In this account, we see that human history has advanced from the Fall in the Garden to point of the increase of the human population over the whole earth. The story of Lamech represents a story which characterizes the heart and mind of a person who is operating under the influence of a proud, presumptuous, and self-confident spirit who feels as though he/she can do whatever he/she chooses to do at will.
Yet, for the Body of Christ, this presents a problem as we must understand that along with the privileges we have received from accepting Christ as our Lord, there are also some restraints which we must also accept. There is a need for restraints because of the simple fact that we were created to be interdependent beings whom interact with other human beings; thereby, forming relationships wherein any thing we do or say will have the potential to affect another person’s life in either a positive or negative manner. Our actions and words can destroy the lives of others, as well as, drive us away from our relationship with God. Although we know and have an understanding that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” we must also remember not to frustrate (block, counter, hinder, or neutralize) the grace of God by grieving the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:39, KJV; Eph 4:17-32, AMP).
True liberty begins when we understand and begin to apply the principle that states, “Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate.” (1 Cor 6:12, MSG). We should use wise and sound judgment whenever we consider saying something or engaging in any type of activity. We, as the new creation in Christ, are temples and vessels which house the Spirit of God. Anything we say or do as ambassadors of Christ can present to the world a misconception of the true Person and Nature of Jesus Christ. While Jesus only had the Jewish people and some of the Roman government watching Him during His time on earth, He now has over six billion people watching Him through our daily lifestyles. True liberty in Christ means living in a manner that represents Christ within the world, while simultaneously living without misrepresenting Him to the world…DISCERN THE DIFFERENCE!