1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
<b> Paul wrote this epistle to the saints in Rome. Where contentions had arisen between the non Jewish Christians and the Jewish Christians who maintained that all had to keep the Old Testament laws in order to be saved.
In Romans 4 Paul had conclusively proven that circumcision, or any other part of the Law was unnecessary for salvation, for by grace through faith all are saved.
He did not object to circumcision, but rather to faith in circumcision instead of faith in Christ. </b>
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
<b>The Old Testament Law forbade Jews from eating certain meats (Le 11) and blood (Gen 9:4, Le 3:17, 7:26-27, 17:10-14, De 12:16, 23-25, 15:23), that the Law declared unclean.
The weak referred to was the religious Jew who was converted to Christianity. but continued to eat herbs. This was a reference to the Jewish Christians who had not totally realized their freedom from the Old Testament dietary laws.
Even though they had become Christians, they were so used to the idea that some foods were clean and some were not, that they still would not touch it for fear of displeasing God. Others, who were stronger in their new found faith, realized that eating meat does not affect our relationship with God at all.</b>
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.
<b>Coming from an unrenewed mind regarding their freedom from the requirements of keeping the Old Testament Law of Moses, caused many to be judgemental of those who appeared not to have their same standard of holiness.
Passing judgment on others is a sure sign of a legalistic mentality (Mt 7:1).
Neither should regard the other as weaker or stronger, for God has accepted both through Jesus Christ.
For if you keep biting and devouring one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another. (Gal 5.15)</b>
4 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 him stand.
<b>All are servants, not judges, our requirement is to judge ourselves, to make sure that we aren't stumbling blocks to anyone. (Matt 7:13)
All believers belong to Christ. He is our Lord and we are His servants. We are all answerable to Him. (2 Cor 5.10)
For He alone is the one who has power to uphold and sustain us in our Christian lives and to keep us from falling. (Jude 1: 24)</b>
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
<b>Jews had many holy days. Some Christians would continue to regard these days as special, while others would consider all days holy to the Lord.
Paul recommends that every man should be fully convicted and convinced in his own heart about what Christ wants him to do.</b>
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. 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.
<b>Choosing to, or not to eat meats was done from a legal standpoint, causing people to think that by observing rules, they were earning salvation.
Whether we eat meat or refuse it, whether we celebrate holy days or choose not to, all that we do should be done as to the Lord (through our own conscience, in the Holy Spirit, in Him) as we give him thanks. (Col 2:16-17)</b>
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 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.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
<b>Quoted from (Is 45:23) that every man, woman or child who has ever lived shall kneel to acknowledge Christ's absolute Lordship and confess the truth about their lives to Him.
Each one of us is accountable to God, therefore, we don't have to judge our brethren, God will do it when we give account to Him.</b>
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
<b>Each one of us will give account, every work and every idle word shall be accounted for. (Matt 12: 36)
The word will judge each and every one. (Ps 7:6-8)</b>
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.
<b>Rather than looking for faults in each other, realise that each believer is at a different stage of maturity in Christ. (Click the link at the bottom of this page to find out more about levels of faith)
We must especially be careful not to live or act in such a way as might cause other believers to turn back from the faith of Christ.
If we ignore the influence that our actions have on others, we are not walking in love. So we must continue toward the freedom into which we have been called, while loving and extending grace and patience with our fellow believers.</b>
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
<b>In Old Testament Law many animals were declared unclean (Lev 11) In the New Testament, God did not replace the law, rather the law is fulfilled totally by and in Christ.
When we stand in Christ, we stand in His fulfillment of the law, for He is the complete fulfillment of the law.
(Col 2:16-17) makes it very clear that the dietary laws were shadows of things that are now reality in Christ. Yet the Jews had become engrossed in the observance of rituals with no understanding as to what they symbolized.
Likewise today, some Christians still hold to Old Testament rituals without any idea that these rituals have become reality in Christ (Joh 5:16).
Now every creature of God is good and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving. (1Tim 4:4)</b>
15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
<b>To love one another, in Christ as He loves us, (John13:34) if we ignore the influence our actions have on others, we are not walking in the law of love.</b>
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
<b>The kingdom of God is not about what foods we eat or don't eat, or what foods we abstain from so as not to cause offence.
The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.</b>
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
<b>If our service to Christ is rooted in love, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, it is acceptable to God and also in the sight of man. (2 Cor 8:21)</b>
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
<b>Let us follow after the unity in Christ, so that we might build up, encourage and strengthen one another.</b>
20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
<b>Anything that we do which goes against our own conscience in the Holy Spirit and does not line up with the word of God is sin, for it is not done in faith. (Tit 1: 15)
For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for selfishness], but through love you should serve one another. (Gal 5:13 amp)</b>