A form of spiritual anarchy, which rejects the law as having any place in the Christian life, whether as instructor or as assessor. Paul’s teaching that Christians are free from the law is sometimes misunderstood as antinomian. But Paul reveres God’s law, and teaches believers, who are free from the law as a system of salvation, to keep it out of gratitude for salvation freely given, and because holiness as defined by the law is the Christian calling.
Paul corrects the Corinthians’interpretation of his teaching as a licence for antinomianism1Co 10:23The phrase “Everything is permissible” is probably the Corinthians’misinterpretation of Paul’s teaching. See also1Co 5:1-8; 1Co 6:12-13
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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