- Romans 14:1-8
- Rom 14:1 (KJV)
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful
This verse is addressed to those who are more mature in the faith that
we are to receive those who are weak or better yet, those who do not
fully understand or are still on the milk of the word. We are to accept
these brethren in the faith since they are also blood bought Christians
and there are always going to be Christians on different spiritual
levels. We are to receive these brethren so we may help mature them in
the faith. The word “receive” carries with it the meaning of “take along
or take aside.” We must always remember that one time we were all weak
in the faith and somebody was there to help mature us. Now we are not to
accept them so we may judge the thoughts and intents of their hearts
since God is the only one who can know this. Therefore, it behooves us
to accept them with the purpose of helping them grow in the faith and to
help them avoid erroneous teaching. New Christians are always vulnerable
to false teachings and that is where the maturity of seasoned believers
come in to help steer them to the correct teachings.
Rom 14:2 (KJV)
For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak,
There are always going to be differing opinions in Christianity. Here we
read that some will believe it is okay to eat any kind of foods. There
were certain foods listed in the law that were considered unclean and
Jews were forbidden from eating those foods. When the Lord saved some of
them, they then realized that because of Grace they no longer had to
keep the dietary laws and were able to eat those things which were
formerly considered unclean. Then there are those who believed that God
placed those unclean animals in the law for a reason and now it could be
considered for our health. As we have today, some believe it is okay to
eat meat while some will avoid meat and eat only vegetables and fruits.
So the diets of Christians should never be a cause of contention between
Christians. If one chooses to eat meats or if one chooses to eat only
vegetables, each group is just as blood bought as the other.
Rom 14:3 (KJV)
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.
Therefore, since the dietary laws no longer are in effect, except for
health reasons, then neither group should condemn the other for their
diets. God has accepted both groups based on the merits of the Lord
Jesus Christ and not on the actions related to their diets. Some of the
weaker Christians were probably still obeying the dietary laws in the
law and this may have become a bone of contention in the Roman church.
So what is being said here is that all Christians, no matter what diet
they eat, are all accepted on the merit of the Lord Jesus Christ. This
must have been a divisive issue in the Roman church because the word
“despise” carries with it the meaning of “disdain or make of no
account.” This problem may have split the Roman church if it wasn’t
halted in its early stages.
Rom 14:4 (KJV)
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
Here a cutting question is asked about who are thou to judge another’s
servant? This question was not asked for the purpose of helping the
other Christian but it was asked because the contention was probably so
great that severe condemnations were probably being leveled at each
group by the other group. Paul is making the statement here that if
God’s servants are wrong in their diets, then God will bring them the
truth and will mature them in this area. Obviously, the same situation
occurred here as it did in Corinth. Christians may have been buying
foods that were dedicated to false gods and since the Bible teaches that
false gods are no gods, many were eating without conscience. Yet, the
conscience of the opposite group was being affected which probably
caused the division. Paul is stating here that God is in control and
will remedy the situation with His own servants. Each servant stands
before his master and before him the servant will either fall or stand.
If the child of God falls, then God is able to restore him and cause him
to stand once again.
Rom 14:5 (KJV)
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day
alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
We see this situation in our own time. There are Christians who
celebrate Christmas and Easter, and there are those Christians who will
not partake in them because they deem them pagan holidays. If a person
is persuaded about something in their mind properly according to the
Scriptures, then unless they can be biblically refuted, then they should
be left alone in their beliefs. Whether a Christian celebrates Christmas
or they do not, should not be a point of contention which can lead to a
major division in the church or in individual lives.
Rom 14:6 (KJV)
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 us continue the thought from verse 5. A Christian who celebrates
Christmas and Easter may do so for the purpose of using it as a
testimony of the Gospel because these are the only two times in a year
that unbelievers become a little religious and Christians can capitalize
on it by using these days as evangelistic tools. The ones who do not
celebrate them, may tell others that these are pagan festivals and that
Christians should not celebrate anything linked to pagan festivals. Do
you see how both views can be used to the glory of God? That is why
there should be no divisions in the body over these matters since both
sides can capitalize on them for witnessing purposes. It is the same
thing with food, there are Christians who eat questionable foods yet see
it as coming from the hand of the Lord and therefore they are thankful
for those provisions. The one who is weak continues to eat the herbs and
gives thanks for those herbs since he knows that is from the hand of God
that those herbs come from. The one who does not eat certain foods, does
not eat those foods unto the Lord. In other words, as the one who eats
those questionable foods eats them unto the Lord, those who do not eat
those questionable foods are not eating them unto the Lord. If there is
a steak and a vegetable platter on the table and two Christians approach
that table, one who eats steak will take the steak but the one who eats
vegetables will take the vegetable platter. So if I believe that we
should not be eating meat, then I would not be eating the steak unto the
honor of the Lord. There is obedience in both camps in the realm of
Rom 14:7 (KJV)
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
Here is a statement directed specifically at the believer. Since we are
the redeemed of Christ, none of us live our lives independent of Christ
and none of us die independent of Christ. Sometimes we may think we are
our own entities but that does not coincide with what the Scriptures
teach. We belong to Christ both in life and in death. There is no such
thing as an autonomous Christian.
Rom 14:8 (KJV)
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.
If we continue to live in this world, then while we are here we belong
to the Lord Jesus Christ. If we die, we die unto the Lord Jesus Christ.
So no matter how you view it, we belong to Christ both in life and in
death. That means we are His totally in every situation, every moment of