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The ethic of the free: A walk according to the Spirit! A perspective from Galatians

GMH Loubser

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 27, No 2 (2006), 614-640. doi: 10.4102/ve.v27i2.167

Submitted: 22 September 2006
Published:  17 November 2006


The article argues that Galatians does not distinguish between soteriological and ethical freedom. Freedom encompasses the believer in Christ’ s entire salvation. However , he not only possesses freedom in Christ, but has to equally live it fully as a vocation. In as much as law has no salvational role in his life, it also has no ethical roll.  The believer receives the Spirit by faith in Christ.  The Spirit who quickens new life in him, orientating him to Christ, also guides and enables him to do God’ s will according to Christ’ s faithfulness. The latter is illustrated in His giving of Himself in loving service, even unto a cross, and so doing the will of our God and Father. The believer also glorifies God by doing his will in the loving and serving faithfulness of Christ, by the guidance of the Spirit. Thus, the believer’ s ethic of freedom is fully christological-pneumatological and anomistic without being libertinistic at all. Believers should not fear their God-given freedom by reverting to any form of law observance, but rather celebrate it by trustingly and freely walking in step with the Spirit

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GMH Loubser, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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