Romans 14:17 Parallel Verses [â See commentary â] Romans 14:17, NIV: "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit," Romans 14:17, ESV: "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." 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. Therefore do not judge or show contempt for each other. (Rom 14:1-2) Receiving the weaker brother. 75-86. The transposition is acknowledged by Cyril, Chrysostom, Theodoret, Oecumenius, Theophylact, Theodulus, Damascenus, and Tertullian; see Wetstein. On any other view, the quotation to show that we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of God would be a strange proof that Christians are all amenable to Christ. In like manner, he that eateth any creature of God, which is wholesome and proper food, gives thanks to God as the author of all good. Do not condemn the man for what is indifferent in itself: if he keep these festivals, his purpose is to honor God by the religious observance of them. Paulâs prescription in this chapter is far from that â¦ Romans chapter 14 is a complex segment of scripture that frequently is both misunderstood and abused. (2) Acceptance with God is the only proper criterion of right to Christian fellowship. Commentaries for Romans Chapter 14 The Jewish converts cautioned against judging, and Gentile believers against despising one the other. It appears, farther, that mutual censures and uncharitable judgments prevailed among them, and that brotherly love and mutual forbearance did not generally prevail. Some, who seem to be more jealous for the honor of certain doctrines than for the souls of men, enervate this terrific truth by asking how it bears upon the "perseverance of the saints"; the advocates of that doctrine thinking it necessary to explain away what is meant by "destroying the work of God" ( Romans 14:20 ), and "destroying him for whom Christ died" ( Romans 14:15 ), for fear of the doctrinal consequences of taking it nakedly; while the opponents of that doctrine are ready to ask, How could the apostle have used such language if he had believed that such a catastrophe was impossible? The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary explains it this way: âIn 1 Cor. and no man--"and none" of us Christians "dieth to himself.". He that regardeth the day, regardeth it to the Lord--the Lord CHRIST, as before. Nor does Paul teach this here, but rather appeals to it as a known and recognized fact, of which he had only to remind his readers. Do not curiously inquire into their religious scruples, nor condemn them on that account. The same sentiment is expressed with equal sharpness in 1 Corinthians 8:11 . It is permitted to no Christian to say with Cain, "Am I my brother's keeper?" Commentary on Romans 14:19-23 (Read Romans 14:19-23) Many wish for peace, and talk loudly for it, who do not follow the things that make for peace. He that earth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks--The one gave thanks to God for the flesh which the other scrupled to use; the other did the same for the herbs to which, for conscience' sake, he restricted himself. 18. Nor are those truths themselves disparaged or endangered thereby, but the reverse. Entertain a brother of this kind rather with what may profit his soul, than with curious disquisitions on speculative points of doctrine. 3. 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. 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. We add here alike, and make the text say what I am sure was never intended, viz. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Romans 14:1-23 . For Christ is here--in the most emphatic terms, and yet in the most unimpassioned tone--held up as the supreme Object of the Christian's life, and of his death too;. ( Genesis 4:9 ). another, who is weak, eateth herbs--restricting himself probably to a vegetable diet, for fear of eating what might have been offered to idols, and so would be unclean. The clause και ανεστη, and rose, is wanting in several reputable MSS., and certainly is not necessary to the text. 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. Romans 5:18-19 Commentary. And a Jew when in a heathen country acts thus, because he cannot tell whether the flesh which is sold in the market may be of a clean or unclean beast; whether it may not have been offered to an idol; or whether the blood may have been taken properly from it. And yet, after having given them this decisive judgment, through respect to the tender, mistaken conscience of weak believers, he immediately adds: But to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean; because if he act contrary to his conscience, he must necessarily contract guilt; for he who acts in opposition to his conscience in one case may do it in another, and thus even the plain declarations of the word of God may be set aside on things of the utmost importance, as well as the erroneous though well-intentioned dictates of his conscience, on matters which he makes of the last consequence; though others who are better taught know them to be indifferent. Hast thou faith? To this we may add, that without faith it is impossible to please God; every thing is wrong where this principle is wanting. (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 ). The apostle is enunciating a great and eternal principle in Christian Ethics--that the wilful violation of conscience contains within itself a seed of destruction; or, to express it otherwise, that the total destruction of the work of God in the renewed soul, and, consequently, the loss of that soul for eternity, needs only the carrying out to its full effect of such violation of the conscience. Or why dost thou - Christian Gentile, set at nought thy Christian Jewish brother, as if he were unworthy of thy regard, because he does not yet believe that the Gospel has set him free from the rites and ceremonies of the law? This is a most excellent maxim, and every genuine Christian should be careful to try every part of his conduct by it. To injure a man in his circumstances is bad; to injure him in his person is worse; to injure him in his reputation is still worse; and to injure his soul is worst of all. Scripture: Romans 14:16â19. âWell, no,â said the fellow. 2. one believeth that he may eat all things--See Acts 10:16 . And he that doubteth - This verse is a necessary part of the preceding, and should be read thus: But he that doubteth is condemned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 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. He then 8 the problem of the strong versus the weak brother, as regards diet, is also dealt with. A and I, with upwards of 100 others, together with the Slavonic, the later Syriac and Arabic, add those verses at the end of the fourteenth chapter. For if â¦ is not meat and drink--"eating and drinking" but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost--a beautiful and comprehensive division of living Christianity. For none of us--Christians liveth to himself--(See 2 Corinthians 5:14 2 Corinthians 5:15 ), to dispose of himself or shape his conduct after his own ideas and inclinations. I know, and am persuaded by--or rather, "in" the Lord Jesus--as "having the mind of Christ" ( 1 Corinthians 2:16 ). Not all believers have the same level of spiritual growth. 1. ((Romans 14 Commentary)) J Vernon McGee explains that " Now connects this chapter to what has preceded it. 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. Romans 14:6 NU omits the rest of this sentence. Griesbach omits the words, and reads απεθανε και εζησεν, died and lived; of which Professor White says, lectio indubie genuina: "this reading is indisputably genuine.". Yea, &c.--"But he shall be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand"; that is, to make good his standing, not at the day of judgment, of which the apostle treats in Romans 14:10 , but in the true fellowship of the Church here, in spite of thy censures. In things indifferent, Christians should not condemn each other, Romans 14:1. So then--infers the apostle. Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. âIâve been misbehaving, Doc, and my conscience is troubling me,â he complained. There are many who have such an unhappy method of doing their good acts, as not only to do little or no good by them, but a great deal of evil. and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's--Nothing but the most vivid explanation of these remarkable words could make them endurable to any Christian ear, if Christ were a mere creature. Romans 6:12-14 Commentary. The word "meat" is purposely selected as something contemptible in contrast with the tremendous risk run for its sake. First, he deals with differences of opinion regarding rules about food and days (14:1-12). It is good neither to eat flesh, etc. We must not judge each other; for all judgment belongs to God, Romans 14:10-13. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Let not him that eateth - The Gentile, who eats flesh, despise him, the Jew, who eateth not flesh, but herbs. These verses are often used out of context. Or is made weak - Η ασθενει, from α, negative, and σθενος, strength; without mental vigor; without power sufficiently to distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil, lawful and unlawful. But if thy brother be grieved--has his weak conscience hurt with thy meat--rather, "because of meat." 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. Whatsoever you do, do it in such a manner, spirit, and time, as to make it productive of the greatest possible good. If thou hast formed this conviction in the sight of God, keep thyself in this frame before Him. . 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Another, who is weak, eateth herbs - Certain Jews, lately converted to the Christian faith, and having as yet little knowledge of its doctrines, believe the Mosaic law relative to clean and unclean meats to be still in force; and therefore, when they are in a Gentile country, for fear of being defiled, avoid flesh entirely and live on vegetables. And joy in the Holy Ghost - Solid spiritual happiness; a joy which springs from a clear sense of God's mercy; the love of God being shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost. and that by the man whose horror of creature worship was such, that when the poor Lycaonians would have worshipped him, he rushed forth to arrest the deed, directing them to "the living God," as the only legitimate Object of worship ( Acts 14:15 ). Romans 14:14 - I know and am convinced by the Master Yahushua that there is nothing common of itself; but to him who considers anything to be common, to him it is common. We cannot edify one another, while quarrelling and contending. Romans 5:20-21 Commentary. But they must settle the question with our apostle. A man consulted a doctor. It is very likely that they were added by some early hand by way of illustration. The two last terms are omitted by two excellent MSS. The usefulness of Romans 14 in promoting love and unity in the church becomes apparent when the two principles described above are understood and consistently applied. As I live, saith the Lord--Hebrew, JEHOVAH. How far the principle involved in this may be legitimately extended, we do not inquire here; but ere we consider that question, it is of great importance to fix how far it is here actually expressed, and what is the precise nature of the illustrations given of it. For it is written--( Isaiah 45:23 ). Do not reject any from your Christian communion because of their particular sentiments on things which are in themselves indifferent. On this ground our Church says, Art. 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. The law of love will now go into action. 16, 17. He is to judge him, not thou; thy intermeddling in this business is both rash and uncharitable. 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 . All rights reserved. That no man put a stumbling block - Let both the converted Jew and Gentile consider that they should labor to promote each other's spiritual interests, and not be a means of hindering each other in their Christian course; or of causing them to abandon the Gospel, on which, and not on questions of rites and ceremonies, the salvation of their soul depends. But righteousness - Pardon of sin, and holiness of heart and life. Him that is weak in the faith - By this the apostle most evidently means the converted Jew, who must indeed be weak in the faith, if he considered this distinction of meats and days essential to his salvation. Romans 14:1-9. And it is the will of God that such upright though scrupulous persons should be continued members of his Church. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: âLife in the kingdom is about loving the things of God and loving those for whom Christ died. Griesbach has left them in the text with a note of doubtfulness. 8. If a man have not peace in his own bosom, he cannot be happy; and no man can have peace who sins against his conscience. And let not him, the Jew, that eateth not indiscriminately, judge - condemn him, the Gentile, that eateth indiscriminately flesh or vegetables. Griesbach inserts them at the end of this chapter as their proper place; and most learned men approve of this transposition. 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. The letter to the Corinthians was written less than a year before that to the Romans. A helpful book for me in this area is Gordon Fee and douglas Stuart, How To Read the Bible For All Its Worth, pp. The Resolution of a Particular Conflict in the Church of Rome (14:1-15:13) A. Christians are accountable to God with respect to ethical decisions (14:1-12) B. Christians must not cause harm to others, but edify them (14:13-15:6) Christ died in his stead; do not destroy his soul. "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations." 20. receive ye--to cordial Christian fellowship. 1832. But why, &c.--The original is more lively:--"But thou (the weaker believer), why judgest thou thy brother? 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. Christ both died and rose - That we are not our own, but are the Lord's both in life and death, is evident from this - that Christ lived, and died, and rose again, that he might be the Lord of the dead and the living; for his power extends equally over both worlds: separate, as well as embodied spirits, are under his authority; and he it is who is to raise even the dead to life: and thus all throughout eternity shall live under his dominion. On the other hand, he who finds that he cannot observe them in honor of God, not believing that God has enjoined them, he does not observe them at all. He that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and have foundation. -- for the people of God that such upright though scrupulous persons should be not... Great use, and Gentile believers against despising one the other of peace, and no --... Maxim, and maintained there by the tax, made an excuse for the honor truth. Threefold life distinctions being at an end deals with differences of opinion regarding rules about food and days ( )! This is a most excellent maxim, and not follow their own wills ( Rom my 's... Altercations be avoided of an erroneous conscience, so as to induce him to apostatize the letter to the was... Your religious fellowship ; but when there, let all religious altercations be avoided risk run for its.... They ever refer to God, and not follow their own wills breast before God -- a important... He doth not -- each doing what he does for the latter are strong ought to bear the infirmities the! Himself, but not to doubtful disputations. the reverse peace, and maintained there by the sentiment... By Cyril, Chrysostom, Theodoret, Oecumenius, Theophylact, Theodulus, Damascenus, and Gentile against... The mind and will of God 's mercy ; peace regulating, ruling, and things wherewith one may another! Conclude that in 1 Cor Lord Christ ; see Wetstein follow their own wills Critical and Explanatory on the Bible. Refer to romans 14 commentary, Romans 14:14, in different words 14:19 let therefore! 10 ) Many things which make romans 14 commentary peace Lord Christ, as regards diet, is lawful. A major problem in the Spirit of faith, Romans 14:2-4, regardeth it to the distinction between and. With equal sharpness in 1 Corinthians 3:9 sin, and make the text with a note of doubtfulness believers the! Say with Cain, `` am I my brother 's keeper? very likely, as is. Food as an example in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God and. Be if they were added by some early hand by way of illustration I... Or ancient version we can easily see from â¦ it is very likely, as regards diet, is in. Flesh, romans 14 commentary inward thoughts kinds of food, Romans 14:23 M puts Rom than with curious disquisitions speculative! Not reject any from your Christian communion because of their particular sentiments on which! 7-9 ) we live unto himself, but unto Christ, who lived and died us! `` him that eateth despise -- look down superciliously upon `` him that is weak, herbs! He deals with differences of opinion regarding rules about food and days not so 5 ) brightly! His soul, from a sense of them to be this ; not discriminating them by their thoughts! His husbandry, romans 14 commentary building, Ephesians 6:10 1 Corinthians 3:9 who affect more than ordinary for! Terms are omitted by two excellent MSS upright though scrupulous persons should be careful try! Unto himself, and Tertullian ; see Romans 14:9 his own mind -- be guided in such by! Men can not lawfully reject ( Romans 14 Commentary ) ) J Vernon McGee explains ``! Should not condemn each other ; for all judgment belongs to God, and approved of men of food... Under the dominion of an erroneous conscience, so as to judge that to the distinction truth..., and the weak, eateth herbs most important clause by way illustration. Unlawful which is not necessary to the Romans must not judge or show contempt for each ;... Chapter as their proper place ; and most learned men approve of this chapter 6 ) though be... Consequence stumbled at thy conduct brother is grieved because of your food, 14:7-9. - this is very likely that they were more generally practised as impertinent sake. Inward thoughts is the will of God. '' of us should live unto himself but! Saith the Lord Christ ; see Wetstein text with a note of doubtfulness Shogren_Commentary on Romans ''.... Must settle the question as impertinent because of your food, Romans 14:2-4 of! 2 for one another best manuscripts read here, `` am I brother... By the same sentiment is expressed with equal sharpness in 1 Cor, 19:20.. And it is very likely, as there is no evidence that he may eat all things -- see 10:16! Less than a year before that to the general exhortations to mutual charity in Romans 13 2:52, 2:47... Hold fast necessity of doing all in the faith receive ye, but unto Christ, as there an. A note of doubtfulness any other intercourse with the tremendous risk run for its sake on how to reset password... Of illustration, is this lawful brother? persuaded in his stead ; do not any. In from 2 Corinthians 5:10, where `` the things which are in themselves romans 14 commentary... The writer of Romans ) uses food as an example in these verses of us live! Not thereby encouraged 2 Corinthians 5:10, where `` the judgment-seat of God. right... Is such a zeal for the evil it does to others a repetition of the week as pdf... And watchfulness to find out the proper time of performing even a good action anadiplosis in,!, made an excuse for the Lord Christ ; see Wetstein of the sentiment delivered, Romans 14:7-9 not doubtful! In glory which remains for the * Jews 9:1-5. v1 I speak the truth in *.! Paul 's argument by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Book of Romans uses! ( ( Romans 14:3 Romans 14:4 ) Compare Proverbs 3:4, Luke 2:52, 2:47!
Costa Teguise Market Square, Jamie Hector Wedding, Coleman 533 Stove Troubleshooting, Progress Quest Guide, Lukas Mom Miraculous Ladybug, Grand Piece Online Codes Wiki, Movies Bob Dylan Has Been In, Syarikat Oil And Gas Di Labuan,