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The Love of Kingdom Citizens

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Stephen Johns

on 22 October 2017

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The Love of Kingdom Citizens
Romans 14:15-18
The love of the lost by citizens of the Kingdom leads them to discern the use of their liberty.
We love the legalized brother by refusing to give up our liberty.
We love the weaker brother by laying aside our liberty to protect their conscience until they can and do grow.
Loving the Lost
1. Noticeable shift in the language Paul uses where he goes from referencing 'brothers' to 'men'
2. In the companion text in 1 Corinthians 10, the flow of the argument turns to relating to the lost like it does here.
3. The language at the end of this argument 'approved by men' is the same idea in 1 Corinthians 10:33 “just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”
4. The true weaker brother would not judge this behavior by the strong as 'evil'
Good seen as Evil
1 Corinthians 10:25-28

“25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience”
Out of love for the lost person, if they perceive our liberty as participation in idolatry, we should willingly not exercise our liberty in that area.
Kingdom Confusion
Kingdom Clarity
“Enjoying God’s gifts is a means, not an enemy, of enjoying God.”
Trilia Newbell
Proverbs 24:13

“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.”
The Righteousness of Christ who willingly laid aside all His rights in order to rescue the lost. We are marked by holiness so for the lost our "good is not evil spoken of."
The Peace of Christ where we are reconciled to Him and so are at peace with Him and the other citizens of the Kingdom, our quest is for unity not our liberty.
The Joy of Christ where our hope, satisfaction, and ultimate delight is not in the gifts but in the Giver.
A Spectrum of Liberty Use
The Strong: Christ has made all things clean
The Lost
Willing to lay aside
The Weak
Willing to lay aside
The Legalist
Unwilling to lay aside
The love of the lost by citizens of the Kingdom leads them to discern the use of their liberty.
• Does my participation communicate an acceptability of this idolatrous worship?

• Does my participation reveal a heart that is finding satisfaction here?

• How attached am I to this liberty?

• How defined am I by this liberty?

• How tied to idolatry is the public expression of this liberty?

• Does this liberty aid my gospel proclamation or hinder it?

• Do I encourage the lost to find their identity in this liberty or to run to Christ?
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