The Liberty of the Spirit
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves;
but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers
of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter
killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death,
written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children
of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of
his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not
the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration
of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness
exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in
this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which
is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is
glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of
speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the
children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is
abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the
same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail
is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the
vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord,
the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with
open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into
the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the
(2 Corinthians 3:5-18)
I'm pretty sure that you who have the Spirit of God living inside you are
familiar with the workings of that Spirit and have no need to be shown
the wonder of God's presence in your life. You will therefore understand
and identify with the following Spiritual teaching.
A short while ago an acquaintance who professes Christianity and speaks
in tongues mentioned that God, through Christ Jesus, forgave us all our
sins, and will continue to do so, even our willing sin. He was reminded,
amongst others, about Romans chapter thirteen and the example of speeding
was mentioned. By the expression on his face it became obvious that he
was convicted on the matter.
A few weeks later he and I sat under a teacher who stated that Jesus nailed
all our sins to the cross, both past and future; and also stated how wrong
it was for us to judge one another. Bang went my witnessing out of the
window to this acquaintance.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
A short while later he and his wife went to Durban on holiday and going
through a speed trap in excess of 160kph he was given a fine of over a
The question is, does he have the Holy Spirit in him? Is he born again?
Let's see Biblically what the answer is (and about judging one another).
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power
but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore
resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist
shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good
works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that
which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister
of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid;
for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a
revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye
must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
**To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.**
The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is
no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes,
until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are
iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that
is not good; he abhorreth not evil. Thy mercy, O LORD, is in
the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are
a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is
thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust
under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with
the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of
thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light
shall we see light. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee;
and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride
come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me. There are
the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray
the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide
with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy
Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this
purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which
thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom
now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from
darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they
may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified
by faith that is in me. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient
unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at
Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to
the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience
of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the
offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through
righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we
say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid.
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
(Romans 5:19 - 6:2)
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body
of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it
in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments
of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that
are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness
unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under
the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under
the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield
yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether
of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for
the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin,
and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end
everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law
of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of
sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through
the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law
might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but
they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is
not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that
are in the flesh cannot please God.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,
he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies
by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors,
not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they
are the sons of God.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but
unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will
destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding
of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where
is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom
of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom
knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them
(1 Corinthians 1:18-21)
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom
of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But
we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes
of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified
the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his
Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to
us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things
with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth
all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the
mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 2:6-16)
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto
carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk,
and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither
yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is
among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk
as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of
Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos,
but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither
is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth
(1 Corinthians 3:1-7)
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let
no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this
world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this
world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in
their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise,
that they are vain.
(1 Corinthians 3:16-20)
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous,
nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom
of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified,
but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of
our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient:
all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power
(1 Corinthians 6:9-12)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God's.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
The Scriptures are pretty clear on the matter, not so.
We see that liberty is given to us by the Holy Spirit, but that it's up
to us to work at remaining free.
For those of us who are confident that we are free in that liberty and
wish to remain that way, please read Ephesians chapter five, part four
of Heart of the Gospel entitled "The Bride of Christ" and "How I
Must Learn to Live".
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath
made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.