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Chap. XX. - Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience
Section 1


1. The liberty which Christ hath purchased for believers under the Gospel consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the curse of the moral law; (Tit. 2:14, 1 Thess. 1:10, Gal. 3:13) and, in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan, and dominion of sin; (Gal. 1:4, Col. 1:13, Acts 26:18, Rom. 6:14) from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation; (Rom. 8:28, Ps. 119:71, 1 Cor. 15:54–57, Rom. 8:1) as also, in their free access to God, (Rom. 5:1–2) and their yielding obedience unto Him, not out of slavish fear, but a child-like love and willing mind. (Rom. 8:14–15, 1 John 4:18) All which were common also to believers under the law. (Gal. 3:9,14,11, 1 Cor. 5:7) But, under the new testament, the liberty of Christians is further enlarged, in their freedom from the yoke of the ceremonial law, to which the Jewish Church was subjected; (Gal. 4:1–3,6–7, Gal. 5:1, Acts 15:10–11) and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace, (Heb. 4:14,16, Heb. 10:19–22) and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of. (John 7:38–39, 2 Cor. 3:13,17–18)