I am attempting to start a new series on my blog called Theology Tuesday. Having attended undergrad at the Preacher Prep School of the South, I have many friends who are pastors, who are training to become pastors, friends who are married to pastors, ministers, and missionaries alike.
I am hoping and praying that on Tuesdays, we can come together to consider a theological question and that these friends of mine will take time to think through and weigh in with responses. It will be an interesting experiment to see how God will use this online space to build community and help us become more fully devoted followers of Christ.
1. Don’t Hate. We will not all agree, nor did the preachers and apostles of the early church. No Personal Attacks. 1 Peter 3:15
2. Keep it Real. Provide the scriptural basis for your comments so we can all refer back to the Word as we consider the various responses. Hebrews 4:12
My disclaimer: I am not schooled in theological studies, however, my good friend Justin once told me that theology is simply the study of God, so all with a thirst to know more and who actively pursue this study of God are theologians at heart.
So without further adieu, let’s begin.
Here is my journal entry for today. Its in the form of a prayer to God as a result of some internal battles I’m fighting. I would love to hear your responses to these questions:
Convict and convince me of my sin. Reveal the boundary lines of freedom. A legalistic past and a cunning enemy leave be suspended between lies and truth. I need to know the boundaries of my freedom.
And what are the consequences of crossing the boundry lines of freedom?
Is it a condradiction in theology and though to think that there *is* in fact a boundary to freedom?
There are most certainly consequences to sin, we have physical evidence of that fact.
Even Scripture says: “The wages of sin is death…” but those who have eternal life still sin.
If it is for freedom that Christ has set us free; how is freedom defined? Paul addresses this in Romans 6; saying:
1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- 7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. 8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. 15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The question is this: How are we to understand our freedom in Christ in relationship to these Scriptures and live out that freedom to the Glory of God?
Follow up questions: If Christians sin in their freedom; and are repentant, what are the consequences to their crossing the boundaries of freedom? Is there a difference between consequence and punishment? Are Christians punished for their sins?