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What Is and Isn’t Lawful For a Christian

24 Feb

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (1 Corinthians 6:12-13)

Really? All things are lawful for Christians? It seems Paul has just given us immunity from the law! – Well, yes, all Christians are allowed to do anything that they want… Unless the thing in question contradicts the rest of the Scripture.

Think of it this way: the ten commandments state both that we’re to obey our parents, and that we’re not supposed to murder. But what if our parents tell us to murder? Well, in that case, we shouldn’t obey them as it goes against the rest of Scripture. Same thing goes here: are we allowed to do anything and everything we want to? Absolutely! It’s just we want to do has to be in context with what the rest of Scripture says. In addition to this though, it’s also very important to realize that are bodies are not our own: but the Lord’s, and meant for Him. i.e. Would you “do evil” with the Lord’s property? Then don’t do so with your own body.

But now that we’ve experienced the warning not to do things contradictory to Scripture, we need to realize that, as Christians, our minds have been encased in God’s helmet of salvation, and our wants have been changed/are being changed to reflect the wants of our Heavenly father: God. Thus, though we still need to examine our motives for doing things, and the results those things will have, it isn’t something we have to spend much time worrying about… Now, before people start getting angry, let me explain: our minds and bodies are being conformed into the image of God. Because of that, our wants are changed. What we now want should no longer be what we used to want, but should be what God wants. Therefore, we do need to keep an eye (so to speak) on our thoughts and continue to bring every wrong thought captive to God, it isn’t something we need to have a heart attack over.

To summarize: our wants and desires are no longer what they once where, but are focused on Christ. Therefore, Christians are allowed to do whatever they want to, that is in accordance with Scripture. And, for the record, if you can’t find a verse in the entire Bible that tells you can’t steal, you’re aren’t looking hard enough; same goes for everything the law says (read Romans 13 to see what I mean).

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Wants and Desires

 

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