A thought on Christian freedom.

I feel like a baby in Christ. A baby can’t feed itself – it lacks the mental and physical capacity. But it knows when it’s hungry, and so it cries, non-stop, until it is finally fed. When it is fed, it’s only milk – the basic nutrition. (Hebrews 5:11-6:3) An adult in Christ can eat meat – bones, fat, protein, minerals (whatever the animal has eaten) and digest it. This is turning into a gory analogy. But a spiritual carnivore can tear off huge chunks of knowledge, filter the good from the bad and produce energy. And the writer of Hebrews isn’t talking primarily about Scripture, because constant use has “trained [them] to distinguish good from bad.”

I think he’s getting at our freedom in Christ, addressed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 8. When we are mature in our faith, we have the freedom, like Daniel, to educate ourselves in all the “wisdom” of the world and then filter it through the lens of the Bible.

1 Corinthians 7:22 – “For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave.”

I think he means, Christ frees the slave to sin to be a freedman, and then enslaves that freedman to righteousness.

Verse 18 puts it another way – if you’re circumcised and called, don’t undo it. You’re not free to do whatever you want. You’re enslaved to righteousness now. If you’re not circumcised and called, don’t do it. You’re not free to do whatever you want. You’re enslaved to righteousness now.

Circumcision has no value. Neither does “freedom.” It’s a meaningless term. We have freedom in Christ – within his borders. Anything else is the cow in the green pasture sticking its head through the fence to eat the scrub along the road.

You’re either a slave to righteousness or a slave to sin.

How this relates to maturity is this: maturity in Christ never accompanies extracurriculars. Through the love of the Holy Spirit, we are always on task, eating only what gives us the most energy to finish the Great Commission. There is never feasting for feasting’s sake. Our “food” is a means to an end, which is the worship of God.

And yet I feel like I can’t digest anything but Scripture. Maybe it’s because I’m a baby. Or maybe the world is becoming less and less digestible….

~ by bradybush on October 15, 2009.

One Response to “A thought on Christian freedom.”

  1. I was hungry when I wrote this.

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