Liberty Not Licentiousness (Gal. 5:13)
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 11 Wednesday
Galatians 5:13 from The Message bible version; “It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.”
First paragraph asks, “How should a person who is not saved by works of the law live?”
How should a person, with pneumonia, who is not cured by working, but by taking antibiotics, live?
- Should they smoke?
- Should the aspirate food?
- Should they breathe asbestos infested air?
- If they are healed by antibiotics, and they are taking their antibiotics, why shouldn’t they smoke, aspirate food or breathe asbestos infected air?
Isn’t this the same reason why those who are healed by trusting their lives and hearts into God’s hand not live licentious lives?
Or is it that if one lives a “sinful” life they don’t actually damage their character, warp their reason, sear their conscious and destroy the faculties sensitive to the Spirit of God, but instead they form a list of legal offenses that require punishment by the governor of the universe?
Here is a major problem for our young people with penal model substitutionary theology, and why many leave the church or end up in wild living – listen to a couple of common questions regarding sex.
- If God will forgive you then why can’t you have sex before marriage?
- If you plan on marrying someone after being with them for a very long time is it sinful to have sex? And is God angry with us even though you love that person beyond description? And if you pray together and love God then how is it wrong?
What is revealed by these questions?
- What concept do these high school students have of God and sin?
- Why do they think sin is wrong?
- Because it either breaks God’s law or gets God angry at us – and thus, if that is the problem, then we don’t need to modify our lives, we need to fix God, and how do we do that?
- We appease Him with His Son’s blood, while we go on living in sin, this is what penal substitution theology does in the minds of our young people.
So how do we answer their questions?
- Is the sin a problem with God’s attitude or our condition?
- If your parents will forgive you for not brushing your teeth why brush them?
- How about a person who prays for healthy lungs but smokes a pack of cigarettes per day – how could smoking be wrong if she prays?
- Doctors are not angry at the patient for smoking, but is their anger the problem?
- Prayer doesn’t void your choice or change God’s laws
- God’s forgiveness doesn’t prevent the damage from ongoing violations of His design for life (sin)
What causes a person to live a healthier life—having a list of rules to obey, go to bed at a specific time, eat this food, exercise so many minutes and feeling obligated to obey the rules or else they will get punished – or understanding the laws of health and choosing to live in harmony with them?
Who is more likely to cheat? Why do cheats never get away with cheating?
If you are paying a trainer to train you and he gives you exercises to do and you cheat and don’t do them, do you get away with it?
What about in God’s plan of salvation?
This is why the legal views fail—because they are all about cheating. They cheat people from true victorious living by proffering off legal loophole living. Just claim Jesus perfect record to your account—no need for you to apply God’s principles to your life, all the sins are already taken care of…
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