Freedom in the Spirit

images24Some might say, “But where the Spirit of God is, there is freedom” (See 2 Cor. 3:17). Yes, there is freedom in the Spirit. But according to the context of 2 Cor. 3, it is freedom from the bondage of the law and its condemnation (Rom. 3:19-20; Gal. 5:1-6). It is not freedom to disobey the Word of the Spirit.

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Gal. 5:13, NKJV). Our freedom in the Spirit is not freedom to feed the flesh. It is not freedom to do what we want in church. Rather, in the spirit of agape love, it is freedom to serve and build up one another in Christ.

It is a biblical fact that the Spirit of liberty is also the Spirit of regulations. When He distributed various charismatic gifts individually, He did so with His guidelines. These guidelines are for the benefit of all in the church, and not just for a few. The apostolic regulations for speaking in tongues are the regulations of the Spirit Himself (See 1 Cor. 14).

When certain practices in a church contradict the express guidelines of the Spirit of God in His Word, those practices are not sanctioned by the Spirit. Whatever is taught by God’s Word is from the Holy Spirit, who is its sole author. Whatever contradicts it, however, is not coming from the Spirit, but from the sinful nature. No matter how spiritual you might feel about it, if it contradicts Scripture, it is not biblically spiritual. The only true kind of spirituality is the kind that is clearly taught by the written Word of the Spirit of God.

Finally, whenever somebody elevates his charismatic experience above the authority of Scripture, that is not only unbiblical, it is anti-biblical. As evangelicals, our sole authority is Scripture alone. No spiritual experience, no matter how real, is above the teachings of Scripture.

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