Romans 14

Romans

Chapter 14

1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

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  1. Chapter 14

    1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
    ~ I have added these three verses together as not to take them out of context. When you have been in the way for some time you will see different levels of believers. The different levels of believers will often times make different rules that go along with their belief. That is why you see so many different denominations, even in the Baptist portion of believers. One would generally not debate if someone is saved if they believe in Christ as their savior, however from there it would seem almost anything goes. From you have to be baptized, to you have to be a part of a specific church to be a part of the bride of Christ. Some churches believe in immersion some believe in sprinkling, There are some churches that will even tell you what you should and should not eat. I want to put this into context, the people they were reaching out to was primarily the Jewish people. The Jewish people were under the law. The gave very strict dietary requirements that the believer must not eat. The Law however was fulfilled in Christ. The other group of people was the Gentile people. That would anyone who was not a Jewish person. The Gentile was not under the same dietary restrictions as the Jewish people. This cause great issues among the new Christians. We as Christians are not required to live under the law standards. Nor was the Jewish man or woman after they have accepted Christ as their personal savior. What we are to do is to look on our bother regardless of their other beliefs in love and not get hung up on these things. Those things can be addressed by teaching, preaching and study. Lead a man or woman to Christ it is not up to us to clean them. Christ does that. Christ will teach them in their own time what is right and what is wrong. Just keep in mind as A. W, Tozer said: The Holy Spirit never enters a man and then lets him live like the world. You can be sure of that. Growth however is different for each believer. Some grow very quickly and some take quite a while to grow.

    4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
    ~ We are not to judge another man. Remember when reading this verse we are servants of God. Why would we have the right to judge another? We don’t! its up to God to judge. Though this is not the whole story. We are to judge in the fact that we need to determine right from wrong. Otherwise we too could fall into the same traps as our brother and sisters. Remember it is God that is the one who props us up, or will allow for us to be taken down.

    5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
    ~ Think about this for a second. Why is one mans thoughts better than another? Why are leaders leaders? One its because they believe in themselves or at least believe in what they are working/fight for. A day, a thought, a feeling, they all apply here. We need to believe in what we stand for enough to not be persuaded into what ever comes our way. How do we do that? We read the Bible daily. We seek what God has for us in his Word. We pray often, we ask God to show us his meaning. We learn from Preachers and teachers of God’s Word. We don’t take mans word for gospel but validate all things against what the Bible says. In the end, it is only what God believes that matters. The more you learn that, the more you will learn that man does not always agree with what God has to say.

    6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
    ~ Let me sum this up, all that you do whether it is to eat, drink, work, worship; do it to the Lord. Give thanks for all that you have for it is of the Lord.

    7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
    ~The Christian should do all things to the Lord. We should live for him, and be willing to die for him. That seems a strange statement here in the US, however there are many believers that read this blog world wide and they live that faith out daily. They are willing to lay down their lives because of the cause for Christ. In America we have a hard time laying down the TV remote for Christ.

    9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
    ~ Christ’s example for us!

    10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
    ~ Going back to the idea of judging. We are not to judge others lest we too be judged under the same condemnation. When we look at someone; we should not be looking down on them but looking at them and figuring a way to help them out. I think about those little wrist bracelets that were so popular a few years back: WWJD (What would Jesus Do). The concept of them was great put them on your arm to remind you to think about all situations your hands get you into and determine what would Jesus do in this situation. If we took that mentality more serious and used it more regularly we would see a different world.

    11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
    ~ Remember there is always an end game. And in the end of our game, we will all do verse 11! This is 100% of everyone will do so. If you are a Christian great, submit, if you are not, you too will eventually submit. I find it sad but almost humorous in a way that a mere mortal man will one day look God in the face and say I will not bow. He will not only bow but weep for all that he choose while here on this earth.

    12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
    ~ We will all account for our deeds. Good and bad. The Christian sins are forgiven but we too have a judgement day. The bema seat judgement is the one for the Christian while the white throne judgement is for the non believer. We as Christians will be judged by our works on earth to receive a reward. The reward will be in precious gifts or wood, hay and stumble. These gifts will be tried with fire by Christ. What was good we will retain. What was not……..

    13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
    ~ We must put away those things in our lives that would help our brother stumble. If we are Christians we are to do things to support our bothers and sisters. We are not to judge them but help them. We are to live our lives in a way that will uplift them not provide them a way to stumble. I am reminded of a story a pastor tells of before he was saved. His family was visited by a church where his alcoholic father shared a beer with a visiting pastor. Because of this one event in the pastors life, he had determined that he would not visit that church again. I would personally agree with that decision, however think of what we do. The visiting pastor was really after his daddy, yet he lost someone to the Lord (at least that day) because of a choice he made. Know the Bible; Know what Christ says in the Bible. Live like you do!

    14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
    ~ Nothing created in itself is unclean. The thing that makes it unclean is the person who consumes it. Sex is a great example of it. One of the first things God gave to man. Yet man has perverted it in such away that that often times sex is made to be a dirty thing. Food, things, actions they can all be thought of this way.

    15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
    ~ If your brother has dietary or other requirements and you don’t have the same conviction as them rather than trying to bring them to your way of thinking simply honor their wishes while with them. Does not mean you have to change for the rest of your life but you should not make it a stumblingblock for the believer either.

    16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
    ~ The good things you do, educate, but don’t eradicate someone because of your beliefs. We should not go to war every time someone does not agree with us. Give the Grace God gave you, after all you too were a sinner.

    17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
    ~ We as believers need to remember what God really is, and what he is not. WE NEED TO BE MORE LIKE HIM.

    18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
    ~ We that have our convictions of what ever it is (food, action, belief) is acceptable unto God as long as its not against what God’s word says.

    19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
    ~ We should attempt to be peace makers in our lives not war makers. Seek out ways to reach out to others and lift them up.

    20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
    ~ God gives the example of meat here but really its what ever an issue might be, we should realize that scuffles don’t destroy God’s work. They can however destroy relationships and people. Be careful how tightly you hold to your convictions if they are not rooted in God’s word.

    21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
    ~ By doing things that make a man or woman not listen to what God has to say is not worth having in your life. Its not worth trying to influence others of personal convictions if they are just that. If they are not rooted in God’s word then put them aside to further God’s kingdom.

    22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
    ~ We can find happiness in serving God, and not going to war over personal convictions.

    23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
    ~ Doing things that are in the Bible will not get you to heaven, we get there by the shed blood of Christ. Not by our actions, not by our works, not by anything that we do other than believing on him!

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