romans 14 commentary

Paul begins Romans 14 by speaking of the “weak in faith” and in 15:1 he urges “we who are strong” to “put up with the failings of the weak.” Arland Hultgren is probably right to conclude that Paul does not use “strong” and “weak” to define particular groups of people in Rome. receive ye--to cordial Christian fellowship. Paul (the writer of Romans) uses food as an example in these verses. Every one of us shall give account of himself - We shall not, at the bar of God, be obliged to account for the conduct of each other - each shall give account of himself: and let him take heed that he be prepared to give up his accounts with joy. For whatsoever is not of faith is sin - Whatever he does, without a full persuasion of its lawfulness, (see Romans 14:22;) is to him sin; for he does it under a conviction that he may be wrong in so doing. (Compare Proverbs 3:4 , Luke 2:52 , Acts 2:47 , 19:20 ). For to this end Christ both, &c.--The true reading here is, To this end Christ died and lived ("again"). We should not do any thing by which a weak brother may be stumbled or grieved; lest we destroy him for whom Christ died, Romans 1… Scripture: Romans 14:23. 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. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. 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. And thou again (the stronger), why despisest thou thy brother?" The fourteenth chapter of Romans is a marvelous treatise in which the inspired apostle encourages the strong to assist the weak so that the cause of Christ might be … In things indifferent, Christians should not condemn each other, Romans 14:1. All things indeed are pure--"clean"; the ritual distinctions being at an end. But why, &c.--The original is more lively:--"But thou (the weaker believer), why judgest thou thy brother? 16:25–27 here. Romans 14:22 NU The faith which you have—have; Romans 14:23 M puts Rom. And since the apostle, when he wrote these words, had never been at Rome, he could only know that the Roman Christians would assent to this view of Christ, because it was the common teaching of all the accredited preachers of Christianity, and the common faith of all Christians. It is very likely that they were added by some early hand by way of illustration. but--"save that" to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean--"and therefore, though you can eat of it with out sin, he cannot.". (6) Though forbearance be a great Christian duty, indifference to the distinction between truth and error is not thereby encouraged. It seems very likely, from this and the following chapter, that there were considerable misunderstandings between the Jewish and Gentile Christians at Rome, relative to certain customs which were sacredly observed by the one and disregarded by the other. He then Some of the recipients of this letter apparently believed that one should abstain from eating meat and drinking wine (Rom. Some do not understand freedom about what food they may eat. It is dangerous to trifle with conscience, even when erroneous; it should be borne with and instructed; it must be won over, not taken by storm. The subject here, and on to Romans 15:13 , is the consideration due from stronger Christians to their weaker brethren; which is but the great law of love (treated of in the thirteenth chapter) in one particular form. I know, and am persuaded by--or rather, "in" the Lord Jesus--as "having the mind of Christ" ( 1 Corinthians 2:16 ). 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. 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. (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 ). It is a true saying of Mr. Heylin, on this verse: The superstitious are prone to judge, and those who are not superstitious are prone to despise. 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 ). 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 . Let not then your good--that is, this liberty of yours as to Jewish meats and days, well founded though it be. 20. 18. We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ - Why should we then judge and condemn each other? (2) Acceptance with God is the only proper criterion of right to Christian fellowship. but even if so, Can it be used with safety to a brother's conscience?--How will it affect my brother's soul ( Romans 14:21 )? (9) "Peace" among the followers of Christ is a blessing too precious to themselves, and, as a testimony to them that are without, too important, to be ruptured for trifles, even though some lesser truths be involved in these ( Romans 14:19 Romans 14:20 ). 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. We add here alike, and make the text say what I am sure was never intended, viz. 3. Not to doubtful disputations - Μη εις διακρισεις δια λογισμων . If thy brother be grieved - If he think that thou doest wrong, and he is in consequence stumbled at thy conduct. Paul is not attacking biblical practices. Part of The Bible Teaching Commentary on the Book of Romans. 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. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 14:1-12 EXEGESIS: ROMANS 14:1—15:13. Let us not, therefore, judge one another any more - Let us abandon such rash conduct; it is dangerous, it is uncharitable: judgment belongs to the Lord, and he will condemn those only who should not be acquitted. 1. In Romans 14:1—15:13, Paul addresses this issue. The former is, by the tax, made an excuse for the latter. of The kingdom of God does not consist in outward things, Romans 14:17, Romans 14:18. Particularly with respect to different kinds of food, Romans 14:2-4. It is good neither to eat flesh, etc. 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.". John Piper Nov 13, 2005 138 Shares Sermon. 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. Amen. It is a great blessing to have a well-informed conscience; it is a blessing to have a tender conscience; and even a sore conscience is infinitely better than none. Originally the word signified the piece of wood or key in a trap, which being trodden on caused the animal to fall into a pit, or the trap to close upon him. 4. Who art thou that judges another man's--rather, "another's" servant?--that is, CHRIST'S, as the whole context shows, especially Romans 14:8 Romans 14:9 . But, beyond all doubt, as the position we have laid down is emphatically expressed by the apostle, so the interests of all who call themselves Christians require to be proclaimed and pressed on every suitable occasion. Bibliography InformationClarke, Adam. It neither particularly enjoins nor particularly forbids such. (4) The consideration of the common judgment-seat at which the strong and the weak shall stand together will be found another preservative against the unlovely disposition to sit in judgment one on another ( Romans 14:10-12 ). G. None of us should live unto himself, but unto Christ, who lived and died for us, Romans 14:7-9. At the same time, those who have tighter convictions—those Paul labels as "weaker" faith Christians—don't have the authority to put restrictions on other believers (1 Corinthians 10:29–30; 1 Timothy 4:4). (Rom 14:1-2) Receiving the weaker brother. - The term faith seems to signify in this place a full persuasion in a man's mind that he is right, that what he does is lawful, and has the approbation of God and his conscience. Romans 14:1-23 . 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. If thou hast formed this conviction in the sight of God, keep thyself in this frame before Him. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died - This puts the uncharitable conduct of the person in question in the strongest light, because it supposes that the weak brother may be so stumbled as to fall and perish finally; even the man for whom Christ died. Accordingly, in the next clause, that idea is brought out with great strength. Not all believers have the same level of spiritual growth. Romans 6:1-3 Commentary. Any thing by which he is caused to halt, to be undecisive, and undetermined; and under such an influence no man has ever yet grown in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Nor are those truths themselves disparaged or endangered thereby, but the reverse. In the use of any liberty, therefore, our question should be, not simply, Is this lawful? 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 CONTEXT In the early church, Christians often disagreed with each other and created problems for one another. Text: Comments.1 ¶ Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. And peace - In the soul, from a sense of God's mercy; peace regulating, ruling, and harmonizing the heart. 10. Do not curiously inquire into their religious scruples, nor condemn them on that account. From this passage about the observance of days, ALFORD unhappily infers that such language could not have been used if the sabbath law had been in force under the Gospel in any form. And it is the will of God that such upright though scrupulous persons should be continued members of his Church. Romans 6:12-14 Commentary. Romans 6:15-17 Commentary. “I was thinking of something that would weaken my conscience.”113 In Romans 14the apostle Paul is dealing with matters of Christian conscience and personal convictions, especially as they relate to the relationships of the strong and the weak. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “Life in the kingdom is about loving the things of God and loving those for whom Christ died. - That man only can enjoy peace of conscience who acts according to the full persuasion which God has given him of the lawfulness of his conduct: whereas he must be miserable who allows himself in the practice of any thing for which his conscience upbraids and accuses him. but not to doubtful disputations--rather, perhaps, "not to the deciding of doubts," or "scruples;" that is, not for the purpose of arguing him out of them: which indeed usually does the reverse; whereas to receive him to full brotherly confidence and cordial interchange of Christian affection is the most effectual way of drawing them off. is acceptable to God, and approved of men--these being the things which God delights in, and men are constrained to approve. God is our master, we must live to him, as we live under his notice and by his bounty; and when we cease to live among men, we are still in his hand. See the note on Matthew 3:2. ( Genesis 4:9 ). Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Others do not understand freedom about days of the week. From this verse we learn that a man for whom Christ died may perish, or have his soul destroyed; and destroyed with such a destruction as implies perdition; the original is very emphatic, μη - εκεινον απολλυε, ὑπερ οὑ Χριστος απεθανε . In Corinthians the problem is identified as the propriety of eating foods sacrificed to idols. (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! We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Read the Scripture: Romans 14:1-12 As this passage indicates, this has been a major problem in the church for centuries. But Romans 14 is commonly misunderstood and misapplied. He that regardeth the day - A beautiful apology for mistaken sincerity and injudicious reformation. Acc… Aug 24, 1980. Romans 5:16-17 Commentary. Romans chapter 14 is a complex segment of scripture that frequently is both misunderstood and abused. We can easily see from … ÷ROMANS 14:13-23. … And the observation of certain days, Romans 14:5, Romans 14:6. Meekness, humility, self-denial, and love, make for peace. stand before the judgment-seat of Christ--All the most ancient and best manuscripts read here, "the judgment-seat of God." Hast thou faith--on such matters? Him that is weak in the faith--rather, "in faith"; that is, not "him that is weak in the truth believed" [CALVIN, BEZA, ALFORD, &c.], but (as most interpreters agree), "him whose faith wants that firmness and breadth which would raise him above small scruples." 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. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that … “Well, no,” said the fellow. For he that in these things--"in this," meaning this threefold life. Helping a Weaker Brother A. Don’t judge each other in doubtful things. But this injunction to abstain from flesh, from wine, and from whatsoever may hurt the conscience of a brother, must be properly understood. The exposition itself supersedes further illustration here. 15. The sacrificial death is as strongly expressed as it can be, and there is no word in the New Testament that more forcibly implies eternal ruin than the verb απολλυω, from which is derived that most significant name of the Devil, ὁ Απολλυων, the Destroyer, the great universal murderer of souls. But our apostle, while teaching "the strong" to bear with "the weak," repeatedly intimates in this chapter where the truth really lay on the points in question, and takes care to call those who took the wrong side "the weak" ( Romans 14:1 Romans 14:2 Romans 14:14 ). Two examples of such scruples are here specified, touching Jewish meats and days. Romans 14:6 NU omits the rest of this sentence. Alford - The de binds this on to the general exhortations to mutual charity in Romans 13. (See Acts 10:15 ). 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. Whatsoever you do, do it in such a manner, spirit, and time, as to make it productive of the greatest possible good. The necessity of doing all in the spirit of faith, Romans 14:22, Romans 14:23. Griesbach inserts them at the end of this chapter as their proper place; and most learned men approve of this transposition. Him that is weak in the faith--rather, "in faith"; that is, not "him that is weak in the truth believed" … For whether we live, we live unto the Lord--the Lord CHRIST; see Romans 14:9 . that there is nothing unclean of itself--Hence it is that he calls those "the strong" who believed in the abolition of all ritual distinctions under the Gospel. Whether such effects do take place, in point of fact, the apostle gives not the most distant hint here; and therefore that point must be settled elsewhere. 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. 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;. The first--"righteousness"--has respect to God, denoting here "rectitude," in its widest sense (as in Matthew 6:33 ); the second--"peace"--has respect to our neighbors, denoting "concord" among brethren (as is plain from Romans 14:19 ; compare Ephesians 4:3 , Colossians 3:14 Colossians 3:15 ); the third--"joy in the Holy Ghost"--has respect to ourselves. 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. 19. the things, &c.--more simply, "the things of peace, and the things of mutual edification.". Reference is made here to the Jewish institutions, and especially their festivals; such as the passover, pentecost, feast of tabernacles, new moons, jubilee, etc. Yea, he shall be holden up - He is sincere and upright, and God, who is able to make him stand, will uphold him; and so teach him that he shall not essentially err. 12. 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 6:4-5 Commentary. . 1. Whom God receives, men cannot lawfully reject ( Romans 14:3 Romans 14:4 ). He is to judge him, not thou; thy intermeddling in this business is both rash and uncharitable. 11, 12. - Who has ever given thee the right to condemn the servant of another man, in things pertaining to his own master? Let us not therefore judge--"assume the office of judge over" one another; but judge this rather, &c.--a beautiful sort of play upon the word "judge," meaning, "But let this be your judgment, not to put a stumbling-block," &c. 14, 15. See Dr. Taylor, who farther remarks, that it is probable St. Paul learned all these particulars from Aquila and Priscilla, who were lately come from Rome, Acts 18:2, Acts 18:3, and with whom the apostle was familiar for a considerable time. The two last terms are omitted by two excellent MSS. 8 the problem of the strong versus the weak brother, as regards diet, is also dealt with. “I’ve been misbehaving, Doc, and my conscience is troubling me,” he complained. What Romans 14 Does Not Say. The true answer to both lies in dismissing the question as impertinent. 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 -- … He who sins against his conscience in things which every one else knows to be indifferent, will soon do it in those things in which his salvation is most intimately concerned. ((Romans 14 Commentary)) J Vernon McGee explains that " Now connects this chapter to what has preceded it. We should not do any thing by which a weak brother may be stumbled or grieved; lest we destroy him for whom Christ died, Romans 14:14-16. 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. 16, 17. 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. 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. 14:2, 21). 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? Romans 6:8-10 Commentary. Christians should endeavor to cultivate peace and brotherly affection, and rather deny themselves of certain privileges than be the means of stumbling a weak brother, Romans 14:19-21. The kingdom of God does not consist in outward things, 17, 18. We should not do any thing by which a weak brother may be stumbled or grieved; lest we destroy him for whom Christ died, 14-16. The clause και ανεστη, and rose, is wanting in several reputable MSS., and certainly is not necessary to the text. 8. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day--The supplement "alike" should be omitted, as injuring the sense. 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. 75-86. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/romans-14.html. 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. Nothing that is proper for aliment is unlawful to be eaten; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offense - the man who either eats contrary to his own conscience, or so as to grieve and stumble another, does an evil act; and however lawful the thing may be in itself, his conduct does not please God. Διακρισεις δια λογισμων M puts Rom read the Scripture: Romans 14:1-12 as passage! 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