Bible Study & Chat about Romans May 19, 2015 11:13:22 GMT -5
Post by Cindy on May 19, 2015 11:13:22 GMT -5
When we study Romans 14, the first thing we need to understand is this message is only for true believers. It does not apply to atheists, or believers in false religions, pagan religions, false gospels (which are not true gospels).
So Chapter 14 of Romans is written to mature believers in the only true gospel, concerning other believers who may be new believers ( 'baby Christians'), or even older believers who have not really matured in the faith.....
or as Romans 14:1 says: "One whose faith is weak".
Certain things like the eating of mean or not eating of meat, or which day is sacred are not issues that we need to take the weak brother or sister to task about.
The important things are to be grateful to the Lord, give Thanks to Him, to live our lives for Him and if necessary to die for Him.
So we are not to put or be a stumbling block to a brother or sister in the Lord.
Therefore we should not distress them by what we do or do not eat around them, because not only would it not be a loving way to behave, we don't want to possibly destroy or delay the work of the Lord for the sake of food!
We know the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking ( tho we will eat and drink in His Kingdom in Heaven. There is even a marriage feast which I am looking forward to!) Rather God's kingdom is first of Love, peace, and joy!
Therefore, we should not eat meat, drink wine, or do anything that might cause them to fall.
We have to be careful what we say and how we say it, so that we are not insensitive or inconsiderate, thereby hurting their feelings, embarrassing them or offending them in public or private.
In fact, in these cases it would be better if we did not even express what we believe about these issues....we can and should 'deny self'. ( since it's not a 'salvation issue').
We can let if be between ourselves and God.
It can be an opportunity for the strong mature believer to humble themselves and not demand their "rights' to enjoy food that they know is perfectly fine to eat.
They can practice patience, compassion, and understanding of the weaker, misinformed believer.
God loves them and so should we.
But we should glorify Christ Jesus in all we say and do.
We all walk according to the light God has given us, so a new baby Christian tho misinformed and even in error, if he thinks a food is unclean then it is unclean to him...until he is persuaded otherwise.
Don't shake his tender and weak faith over a bit of meant you fancy.
Well done Barbara!!!! Very good! You got that down perfect!!!! Now let's do the same thing with the next chapter, knowing that I could have written verse 14 to you, only changing "brothers" to "sisters" of course : “I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14) Just so you know, the word "instruct" in that sentence, is actually a word that means "counsel" or "admonish". The word is "noutheteo", which is where the word for a biblical counselor comes from and why it's called Nouthetic Counseling.