Believers are free from the guilt of sin, the wrath of God, and his curse.
Believers are free to approach the throne of our Savior with boldness. We are God’s children and not his slaves.
Believers are free from the bondage of sin. We can now say “no” to sin. We are not children of the Evil One. We are not slaves to sin. We are not addicts.
Believers are free to enjoy the blessings of God’s moral laws.
- His moral laws serve a preaching purpose. This is called the Pedagogical Use of the Law. God’s laws show us the greatness of our sin and point us away from human performance to something else – the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are a mirror that shows us our sinful shortcomings.
- His moral laws serve a civil purpose. This is called the Civil Use of the Law. They provide a a good foundation for government. Those who are wise will study God’s civil laws, for they provide aid in restraining evil, protecting citizens, and encouraging righteousness.
- His moral laws serve a practical purpose. This is called the Normative Use of the Law. God’s laws continue to delight us by showing us what is righteous, holy, godly, or Christlike. They instruct us in how to worship best and enjoy most.
Believers are free from the yoke of the ceremonial and civil law. These aspects of God’s law have been abrogated or expired with the end of theocratic Israel and the completed work of Jesus Christ. Principles of wisdom can still be gleaned from these laws, but there remains no obligation to keep God’s worship, dietary, economic, ethnic, penal, or health laws.
Believers are free from the laws, traditions, standards, and preferences of men.
Believers are free to sacrifice their rights out of love for our brothers and sisters. As royal children who love the royal law, they are more than willing to sacrifice for a higher purpose.