Believers' Liberty

Question:
Why did Paul admonish believers to NOT use their liberty as a cloak of mischieviousness?
Answer:
Thank you for your question. I am happy to answer it as I am a teacher at heart.

Peter,James, and the book of Hebrews are written primarily to Jewish Christians. In the Church the Jew and Gentile are one in Christ and there is no difference between them (Eph. 2:12-14). In many of the Jews eyes they thought themselves better then the Gentiles. The Jews that he is writing to (I Peter 1:1) were Jewish Christians living among the Gentiles (which is now Turkey). They thought Gentiles were beneath them and would not be in subjection to them. But in the Church Jew and were the strangers and pilgrims in this world (I Peter 2:11- 12). The context of verse 16 is that they should obey those that have authority over them no matter if they were Jew or Gentile. They were not being a good testimony by disobeying the authority. What they thought about their liberty was wrong and used their liberty as a cover up of their disobedience and maliciousness.

As Christians Jews and Gentiles we have a new residence and citizenship (Phil. 3:20). All Christians in the church age are expected to obey authority. They were exercising a bad testimony before the gentiles. All Christians (Jew and Gentile) are to obey government and all other authority, Rom. 13:1-2.

The word Maliciousness is translated many times in the New Testament "malice".

If you need any further clarification, please don't hesitate to contact me.

RHL

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