Posted by: SandreS | January 13, 2010

Freedom Is to Be Based in Faith and Grace

It is extremely important that we remember that Freedom (as well as all other areas of our lives) is to be based in faith and grace! These indeed are the foundational principles set forth in Romans chapter 14.

Faith

There is the principle of personal faith. Our walk before the Lord is to be one based upon faith! This faith is to be personal, and without the dominion of men.

Whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23).

Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind (Romans 14:5).

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God (Romans 14:22).

Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand (II Corinthians 1:24).

Our walk is to be one borne out of personal faith!

Grace

Then there is the principle of divine grace. God does not want us to judge each other regarding our personal faith. This is a real test of grace in our lives. It is easy to love and accept those who mirror our beliefs and practices – that takes little if any grace; but to love and accept a brother who has differing beliefs and practices requires a work of God’s grace in our hearts. What it really takes is the willingness to give up our assumed dominion over the lives of others.

Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God (Romans 15:7).

Who are you who judges another man’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls … (Romans 14:4).

But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you set aside your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10).

God has called us to a life of grace, not law – a life that proceeds from the heart and love, not from externals. Do we by grace afford others the liberty to study the Bible for themselves? Do we permit them to come to their own position of personal faith before God? Do we allow them to walk in accordance with that faith to His glory as an act of worship? Do we let them live their lives heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men?

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2007, 2010

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