The Christian’s Freedom

December 24, 2010

Encouragement, Random Thoughts

How much freedom in Christ does a Christian truly have?  This time of year seems to be a magnet for discussions on this topic.  Some folks celebrate Christmas, some don’t.  Often this topic (as well as other topics) lead to frenzied debate between the sheep.  I thought it might be interesting to take a 5 minute break from the heated exchange to listen as John MacArthur weighs in on the subject of Christian freedom.

The only thing I would add to MacArthur’s teaching here is to take a good long look at this passage in Philippians, which has significant bearing on not only the issue of Christian’s and their attitude with each other, but also the lesson on freedom in this video as well:

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.Philippians 2:3-13
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