[14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. (To learn more, request our free booklet What Does the Bible Teach About Clean and Unclean Meats? Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. We may offer advice to others about doubtful things, but should never judge them. For meat destroy not the work of God. c. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died: If Jesus was willing to give up His life for the sake of that brother, I can certainly give up my steak dinner. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives God thanks. Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Others carefully checked the source of their meat or gave up meat altogether, in order to avoid a guilty conscience.". Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 1. And this in turn results in joy ( Romans 5:2 ) and all the consequence of the work of the Holy Spirit (in Romans 5:2-5 ), while later on practical righteousness is required Romans 6:16 ; Romans 6:18-19 . The food controversy in Corinth (reflected in chapters 8 and 10) was over meat sacrificed to idols. Copy Options. Perhaps they refused the meat because it wasn’t kosher, and they stuck to Jewish dietary regulations and traditions. to his own master he standeth or falleth. 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. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashed, hands, they found fault. © 1995–2020 All correspondence and questions should be sent to info@ucg.org. [12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. Romans 14:2 Romans 14:2For one believes that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eats herbs.American King James Version×contrasts the person who "eats only vegetables" with the one who believes "he may eat all things"— meat as well as vegetables. 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. Paul isn’t telling these Christians to erase their differences; he tells them to rise above them as Christian brothers and sisters. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. The Authorized Version or King James Version (KJV), 1611, 1769. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offense.American King James Version×that "all food is clean" (NIV). No specific object is mentioned relative to cleanness or uncleanness. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. The chapter itself shows that the discussion concerned meat sacrificed to idols. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat: It would be easy for a Christian who felt free to eat meat to despise others as hopeless legalists. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow | Learn more... With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! Understood in its context, Romans 14 does not convey permission to ignore the biblical laws as to which meats are clean or unclean. His intent is to explain the good news of Jesus Christ in accurate and clear terms. Commentary on Romans 14:7-13 (Read Romans 14:7-13) Though some are weak, and others are strong, yet all must agree not to live to themselves. a. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Romans 14:21 Romans 14:21It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak.American King James Version×shows that meat offered to idols was the underlying issue of this chapter: "It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak." Those who assume the subject of Romans 14 is a retraction of God's law regarding clean and unclean animals must force this interpretation into the text because it has no biblical foundation. Or why do you show contempt for your brother? 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. As seen from the context, Paul wasn't discussing biblical dietary restrictions at all. One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. And with respect to days, one man esteemeth one day above another — Thinks that the new moons and Jewish festivals are holier than other days, and ought still to be observed. Legalism has a way of making us think that we are strong and those who don’t keep the rules the way we do are weak. There are things God may challenge us to give up, but we go on approving them in our life – thus we condemn ourselves. [9] And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. What does it mean to be "under the law"?The apostle Paul says that we are "not under law but under grace" (Romans 6:14). Romans 14:13 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. 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. We can discourage or beat them down through our legalism against them, or we can do it by enticing them to sin through an unwise use of our liberty. Does Romans 14 Abolish Laws on Unclean Meats? The sense of these verses is merely that "nothing [is] unclean [koinos: common or ceremonially defiled] of itself," and "all is clean [katharos: free from impure admixture, without blemish, spotless]. Likewise, the Christian’s works will be tested by fire, and he’ll be rewarded for those which remain… The judgment seat of Christ is only concerned with a Christian’s rewards and position in the kingdom, not with his salvation.” (Smith). (1-2) Receiving the weaker brother. a. Paul lays out the core of the gospel message: salvation by grace alone through faith alone. You can also change some of your preferences. Did Christ deny himself for our brethren, so as to die for them, and shall not we deny ourselves for them, so as to keep from any indulgence? An understanding of the Greek words Paul used can also help us understand Paul's meaning. The cultured Greeks and the proud Romans looked with contempt on all other races. If this were talking about the Sabbath, it would mean that every day is a day of rest and we would not be able to work at all. People's Bible Notes for Romans 1:14. For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Romans 14:10-12 King James Version (KJV). To his own master he stands or falls. Romans 8:14(KJV) Verse Thoughts The eighth chapter of Romans begins in no condemnation and concludes in glory, and in this beautiful passage we are gently led into a fuller understanding of the wonderful ministry of the Holy Spirit, that takes place in the life of a believer. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. It wasn’t that they were weaker in their Christian life because of what they ate or didn’t eat, but they were weaker because of their legalistic attitudes and lack of love towards others. The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking: If we place food and drink before righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, then we are hopelessly out of touch with God’s priorities and His heart. Both words, koinos and akathartos, are used in Acts 10, where Peter distinguished between the two concepts of uncleanness by using both words in Acts 10:14 Acts 10:14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.American King James Version×. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. What shall we say then? For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. American King James Version × and Romans 14:20 Romans 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. What he says has application to more than just eating meat. Romans 2:14 Context. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand." I want to know the happiness that comes from not condemning myself by what I approve in my life.” This takes faith, because we often cling to hindering things because we think they make us happy. b. Let not then your good be evil spoken of. Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 8 that the main concern for a Christian is to not defile his own conscience or the conscience of other Christians. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind: In such issues, Paul is willing to leave it up to the conscience of the individual. c. Whatever is not from faith is sin: Paul concludes with another principle by which we can judge “gray areas” – if we can’t do it in faith, then it is sin. Jesus said to him, He that is washed needs not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and you are clean, but not all. [19] Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats? Therefore, whatever we do, we do it to the Lord – because Jesus is our Lord (that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living). Privacy Policy  Terms of Use. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offense.American King James Version×, the word food or meat doesn't appear in the original Greek, but was inserted by later translators. Many believe Romans 14 says that Christians are free from all former restrictions regarding the meats they may eat. Romans 14 Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. If we are troubled by something, it likely isn’t of faith and likely is sin for us. Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.. a. [17] And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. The word translated "clean" is katharos, meaning "free from impure admixture, without blemish, spotless" (Vine, "Clean, Cleanness, Cleanse, Cleansing," p. 103). You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. a. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Koinos and koinoo appear throughout the New Testament to refer to this kind of ceremonial uncleanness. Romans. It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Essentially, Paul’s answer is “Stop worrying about your brother. Within this context, said Paul, "let each be fully convinced in his own mind" (Romans 14:5 Romans 14:5One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. b. Do not let your good be spoken of as evil: Our liberty in Jesus and freedom from the law is good, but not if we use it to destroy another brother in Christ. “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. Do you have faith? American King James Version×, where it obviously refers to ceremonial uncleanness. Answer: That God will fight our battles means we do not have to anguish, be anxious, or be discouraged when bad things happen in our lives. Romans 15:13, 8:28, 8:32, and many other verses like them will help you to set your mind on the things above rather than on the problems that are getting you down (Col. 3:1-4). Katharos is used to describe all kinds of cleanliness and purity, including clean dishes (Matthew 23:26 Matthew 23:26You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.American King James Version×), people (John 13:10 John 13:10Jesus said to him, He that is washed needs not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and you are clean, but not all.American King James Version×) and clothing (Revelation 15:6 Revelation 15:6And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.American King James Version×; Revelation 19:8-14 Revelation 19:8-14 [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. They stand or fall before their own Master, God – and God is able to make those “meat eaters” stand. “And you want something that will strengthen your willpower?” asked the doctor. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand." Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. God forbid. End every tongue shall confess to God.”. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. b. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. [10] And I fell at his feet to worship him. Within the United Kingdom, the rights to the KJV are vested in the Crown. Romans 14 – Helping a Weaker Brother A. Don’t judge each other in doubtful things. You have enough to answer for before Jesus.”, ii. * Romans 12:1-2 KJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Many Bible resources agree that Paul wrote the book of 1 Corinthians around A.D. 55 and that he wrote his epistle to the Romans from Corinth in 56 or 57. Unclean could refer to animals God did not intend to be consumed as food (listed in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14). Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. No one who has given up his name to Christ, is allowedly a self-seeker; that is against true Christianity. Do you not perceive, that whatever thing from without enters into the man, it cannot defile him; For example, when some Christians from a Jewish background were offended that Gentile believers were not circumcised, Paul didn’t cater to their legalistic demands. The Greeks called other people but themselves barbarians, but in the apostolic age the Romans were excepted. “I’ve been misbehaving, Doc, and my conscience is troubling me,” he complained. For one believes that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eats herbs. Some thought there was nothing wrong with eating meat that had been offered to idols because idols were worthless and phony. He says in Romans 14:11… “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” This is an important truth, but Paul unpacks it here in the midst of a lesson about judging others. ), United Church of God is a 501(c)3 organization. Depending on their consciences, early believers had several choices. Romans 14 - Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations. Romans 14:4, KJV: "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? b. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. Who are you to judge another’s servant? Every knee shall bow: The quotation from Isaiah 45:23 emphasizes the fact that all will have to appear before God in humility, and give account of himself before God. 14:14-18 Christ deals gently with those who have true grace, though they are weak in it. [21] For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. They were (especially at group meals where offenses were more likely to occur) to consider first the conscience of others who were present, to be careful to give no offense. The strict Christian found it easy to judge his brother, writing him off as an unspiritual meat-eater-compromiser. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. Paul speaks about the stumbling of a sincere heart, not catering to the whims of someone’s legalism. But whatever we do, we must be able to do it to the Lord, not using “conscience” as an excuse for obviously sinful behavior. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. a. 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. c. Nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak: However, we shouldn’t think that Paul would permit this kind of heart to cater to someone’s legalism. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. [13] And he was clothed with a clothing dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. But have your strong faith before God, not before a brother who will stumble. Paul reminds us that it isn’t our place to pass judgment on any fellow Christian. You are no longer walking in love: The issue now is not my personal liberty; it is walking in love towards one whom Jesus loves and died for. After a sacrifice was presented to a god in a pagan temple, only part of it was burned. 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. But why do you judge your brother? i. This approach, however, fails to consider the context of Paul's letter as well as the specific Greek words he used. Romans 14:14. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Or why do you show contempt for your brother? a. I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself: Paul knew that there was nothing intrinsically unclean about meat that was not kosher or sacrificed to an idol. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offense. i. But because an idol cannot, by itself, render anything pure or defiled, a person's conscience, not the idol, is the real issue. Who are you to judge another’s servant? "Clean" meats as such aren't addressed in the New Testament, so there isn't a specific word to describe them. It isn't man who makes the Sabbath day above all other days. One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike: By bringing in the aspect of observing certain days, Paul lets us know that he is talking more about principles than specific issues. c. Acceptable to God and approved by men: Serving God with a heart for His righteousness and peace and joy is the kind of service that is acceptable in His sight, and will be approved by men. Not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way: We might stumble or cause our brother to fall in two ways. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. If you have [strong] faith, and feel liberty to partake of certain things, praise God! 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

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