BCL Grow: Your Christian Liberty — 1 Peter 2:16
1 Peter 2:16 (Sanctification)
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Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. — 1 Peter 2:16
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in anything, contrary to his Word; or beside it, if matters of faith, or worship. So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also. — Westminster Confession of Faith 20:2.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Christians are often prone to think that they will be closer to God by keeping certain rules and living certain lifestyles. The problem with this is that Christians can add requirements that the Bible doesn’t command, or they may consider certain lifestyle choices as being more spiritual than others.
2. Remember: The Westminster Confession of Faith (20:2) reminds Christians that they are not bound by any “doctrines and commandments of men” which are not found in God’s word. Yet, believers must be considerate of their neighbors, not causing them to stumble (Rom. 14:13–23: 1 Cor. 8:7–13).
3. Act: Christians should always seek to keep all of God’s commands in his word, even though they shall do so imperfectly in this life. May we enjoy our freedom in Christ while practicing godly behavior in all we think and do, always seeking to grow in holiness to the glory of Jesus our King.
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