In the New Testament it generally refers to total apostasy from the Christian religion; and this appears to be its meaning in this place. OUTLINE: VII. In the use of any liberty, therefore, our question should be, not simply, Is this lawful? I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus - After reasoning so long and so much with these contending parties on the subject of their mutual misunderstandings, without attempting to give any opinion, but merely to show them the folly and uncharitableness of their conduct, he now expresses himself fully, and tells them that nothing is unclean of itself, and that he has the inspiration and authority of Jesus Christ to say so; for to such an inspiration he must refer in such words as, I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/romans-14.html. that he might be Lord both of the dead and--"and of the" living--The grand object of His death was to acquire this absolute Lordship over His redeemed, both in their living and in their dying, as His of right. - The spirit and self-denying principles of the Gospel teach us, that we should not only avoid every thing in eating or drinking which may be an occasion of offense or apostasy to our brethren, but even to lay down our lives for them should it be necessary. The word alike should not be added; nor is it acknowledged by any MS. or ancient version. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? (12) How exalted and beautiful is the Ethics of Christianity--by a few great principles teaching us how to steer our course amidst practical difficulties, with equal regard to Christian liberty, love, and confidence! Some of the recipients of this letter apparently believed that one should abstain from eating meat and drinking wine (Rom. John Piper Aug 24, 1980 434 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. See Matthew 25:29, etc.". Romans 16:25; : Now, to him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began. For meat destroy not the work of God - Do not hinder the progress of the Gospel either in your own souls or in those of others, by contending about lawful or unlawful meats. The word "meat" is purposely selected as something contemptible in contrast with the tremendous risk run for its sake. This distinction between essential and non-essential truths is denied by some who affect more than ordinary zeal for the honor and truth of God. See on Romans 14:21; (note). Romans 6:1-3 Commentary. To this we may add, that without faith it is impossible to please God; every thing is wrong where this principle is wanting. The present reading doubtless crept in from 2 Corinthians 5:10 , where "the judgment-seat of Christ" occurs. Amen. It here means, spiritually, any thing by which a man is so perplexed in his mind as to be prevented from making due progress in the Divine life. that there is no distinction of days, not even of the Sabbath: and that every Christian is at liberty to consider even this day to be holy or not holy, as he happens to be persuaded in his own mind. Romans 16:26; : But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith); Romans 16:27; : To God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. â¦ Others do not understand freedom about days of the week. So then--infers the apostle. Every saint is Godâs workmanship, his husbandry, his building, Ephesians 6:10 1 Corinthians 3:9 . The converted Jew still thought these of moral obligation; the Gentile Christian not having been bred up in this way had no such prejudices. He that feeds on any kind of meats prohibited by the Mosaic law, with the persuasion in his mind that he may be wrong in so doing, is condemned by his conscience for doing that which he has reason to think God has forbidden. For--"For the sake of" meat destroy not the work of apostle sees in whatever tends to violate a brother's conscience the incipient destruction of God's work (for every converted man is such)--on the same principle as "he that hateth his brother is a murderer" ( 1 John 3:15 ). We add here alike, and make the text say what I am sure was never intended, viz. The apostle, in this part of his epistle, exhorts that in such things, not essential to religion, and in which both parties, in their different way of thinking, might have an honest meaning, and serious regard to God, difference of sentiments might not hinder Christian fellowship and love; but that they would mutually forbear each other, make candid allowance, and especially not carry their Gospel liberty so far as to prejudice a weak brother, a Jewish Christian, against the Gospel itself, and tempt him to renounce Christianity. ( Genesis 4:9 ). 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 2. one believeth that he may eat all things--See Acts 10:16 . F. This difficult but crucial subject is dealt with in the entire literary unit of Romans 14:1-15:13 and also in I Corinthians 8-10 and Colossians 2:8-23. For he that in these things--"in this," meaning this threefold life. But here "the judgment-seat of God" seems to have been used, with reference to the quotation and the inference in Romans 14:11 Romans 14:12 . ... (SDA Bible Commentary, p.640). The law of love will now go into action. (8) Zeal for comparatively small points of truth is a poor substitute for the substantial and catholic and abiding realities of the Christian life ( Romans 14:17 Romans 14:18 ). Romans 14:1-6 The Conflict provides an outline for Romans 14:1-6 to help carefully understand the importance and meaning of Paul's argument. 14 Paul is dealing with essentially the same problem. Let not him that eateth despise--look down superciliously upon "him that eateth not." The *Holy Spirit â¦ All that is here condemned is such a zeal for small points as endangers Christian love. Observe, The same for whom Christ died (Romans 14:15) are here called the work of God; besides the work that is wrought for us there is a work to be wrought in us, in order to our salvation. xiii, "Works done before the grace of Christ and the inspiration of his Spirit are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they are not of faith in Jesus Christ; yes, for that they are not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin." "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations." "Commentary on Romans 14:4". A man consulted a doctor. every one of us shall give account of himself to God--Now, if it be remembered that all this is adduced quite incidentally, to show that CHRIST is the absolute Master of all Christians, to rule their judgments and feelings towards each other while "living," and to dispose of them "dying," the testimony which it bears to the absolute Divinity of Christ will appear remarkable. Of course, this is not to be over-pressed, as if it were wrong to discuss such points at all with our weaker brethren. If a man's passions or appetite allow or instigate him to a particular thing, let him take good heed that his conscience approve what his passions allow, and that he live not the subject of continual self-condemnation and reproach. Romans 14:1-9. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth--allows himself to do nothing, about the lawfulness of which he has scruples; does only what he neither knows nor fears to be sinful. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: ROMANS 14:13-23 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this-not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way. Some do not understand freedom about what food they may eat. Hast thou faith--on such matters? These verses are often used out of context. Therefore, what we do, or what we leave undone, should be in reference to that eternity which is ever at hand. Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. We must not judge each other; for all judgment belongs to God, Romans 14:10-13. (7) With what holy jealousy ought the purity of the conscience to be guarded, since every deliberate violation of it is incipient perdition ( Romans 14:15 Romans 14:20 )! Or is offended - Η σκανδαλιζεται, from σκανδαλον, a stumbling-block; any thing by which a person is caused to fall, especially into a snare, trap, or gin. Romans 6:18-20 Commentary. 3. (3) As there is much self-pleasing in setting up narrow standards of Christian fellowship, so one of the best preservatives against the temptation to do this will be found in the continual remembrance that CHRIST is the one Object for whom all Christians live, and to whom all Christians die; this will be such a living and exalted bond of union between the strong and the weak as will overshadow all their lesser differences and gradually absorb them ( Romans 14:7-9 ). Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. and he . Romans 6:6-7 Commentary. The apostle seems to intimate that in all the above cases each must endeavor to please God, for he is accountable to him alone for his conduct in these indifferent things. Accâ¦ be evil spoken of--for the evil it does to others. All through the history of the church, the problem arises from the attitude that most of us share, I am sure, that God is clearly pleased with the way we live -- â¦ And as those who were the instruments of bringing him to the knowledge of God gave him no such injunctions, consequently he paid to these no religious regard. Some think that these words have a more extensive signification, and that they apply to all who have not true religion, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; every work of such persons being sinful in the sight of a holy God, because it does not proceed from a pure motive. âWell, no,â said the fellow. Griesbach has left them in the text with a note of doubtfulness. It confronts a variety of issues. . For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. Romans 6:15-17 Commentary. And the observation of certain days, Romans 14:5, Romans 14:6. For God hath received him - Both being sincere and upright, and acting in the fear of God, are received as heirs of eternal life, without any difference on account of these religious scruples or prejudices. In this particular case we'll concentrate on what the passage does not say, then we will make a suggestion about what Paul is dealing with in Romans 14. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord--the Lord CHRIST; see Romans 14:9 . 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. 18. Hast thou faith? These three words, it has been remarked, are each intentionally weaker than the other:--"Which may cause a brother to stumble, or even be obstructed in his Christian course, nay--though neither of these may follow--wherein he continues weak; unable wholly to disregard the example, and yet unprepared to follow it." Explains that `` Now connects this chapter a type of that rest in glory which remains the! 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