Limit Your Liberty In Christ, Gal 5:13

2 Cor 3:17 says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”.  But we are not at liberty to do anything we want.  There are limits to our liberty in Christ.  Therefore, limit your liberty in Christ.

Limit your liberty used as an occasion to the flesh, Gal 5:13.  This occasion to the flesh is doing something in the flesh contrary to the second commandment and the Spirit of God, Gal 5:14-17.  

Limit your liberty that wounds the conscience of others, 1 Cor 8:9-13.  We must be careful to not do anything that would put a stumblingblock in the way of a Christian with a weak conscience. What we allow ourselves to do with our liberty might convince a young Christian to do something sinful.  We shouldn’t be the cause of their fall.

Limit your liberty that brings you into bondage to sin, 1 Cor 6:12.  2 Pet 2:18-22.  Paul said all things are lawful for us but we should not be brought under the power of any.  Too many Christians today have gone back to sins which they have already escaped or which they think they have the liberty to commit. And now they are in bondage.  Things like drugs, alcohol, pornography, and even sexual sins are taking Christians down.

Limit your liberty used as a cloke of maliciousness, 1 Pet 2:16.  Malice is intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse.  This is the maliciousness to which Peter is referring in this context.  Some Christins are in the habit of disobeying authority and not submitting to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, 1 Pet 2:13-17.

Conclusion: You are eternally secure in Christ as we saw in the sermon this morning.  Yet, there are consequences to using your liberty in this security for wrong, 2 Cor 5:10-11, Col 3:23-25.  You will face the terror of the Lord at the judgment seat of Christ because we are accountable for what we do in our bodies after we are saved.