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Liberty in the Bible

Christian liberty is found in the Bible in several concepts. In some passages, liberty for the Christian means that he or she has been freed from the penalty of sin by faith in Jesus Christ (John 8:31-36; Romans 6:23). Other times, Christian liberty refers to being freed from the power of sin in one’s life by daily faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of one’s character and conduct (Romans 6:5-6).

Another aspect of Christian liberty shows that Christians are freed from the Jewish Law of Moses (Rom. 6:14). Lastly, believers have the liberty to engage in activity that is not expressly forbidden in the Bible—as long as it doesn’t “stumble” or “offend” another Christian (Romans 14:14-21).

The ultimate goal for the Christian should be to glorify God, edify fellow believers, and have a good reputation before unbelievers (Psalm 19:14; Romans 15:1-2; 1 Peter 2:11-12). “Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).

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