Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Romans 14 and Commentary
Romans 14:1-4 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. (Why doesn't he eat meat? His faith is weak.) Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. (Is God preventing him from eating, or condemning him when he doesn't? No, He is welcoming him.) Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (If you can't eat it right now, don't worry about it- the Lord is able to make you stand.)
Romans 14:6b-7 The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
Romans 14:14-17 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean (the solution-- change your thinking.) For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good (your faith) be spoken of as evil (because you wouldn't love). For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:20-23 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats (we determine what we can eat by wether or not it lines up with LOVE). It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. The faith that you have, keep (preserve) between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. (What is causing the trouble in our eating? Our doubts.)