If we are to live a life of consideration for our neighbor then we must learn that even though there are things we feel we biblically may do, many of those same things, for the sake of the body of Christ, we should not do. 4. In later Greek koinos came to mean that which is profane or being of little value because of being common. Like believers in Rome centuries ago, believers today sometimes make up rules for others to follow and insist on adherence to certain behaviors and beliefs that the Bible says little or nothing about. Paul does not want the church to underestimate the significance of the non-essentials in the overall spiritual vitality of the body of Christ, for "if one member suffers, all the members suffer" (1Co 12:26) and on a given day yet future we will ALL (each one individually) give an accounting of how we dealt with our brethren regarding the "externals" (Ro 14:10,12, 2Cor 5:10, Mt 12:36; 16:27; 1Pet 4:5). Cross references. The other doctrines which are involved in the question of the separated life are: (1) Christian liberty in the use of things indifferent; (2) liberty of conscience from the commandments of men; (3) the sufficiency of Scripture as the standard of faith and conduct; (4) the nature and limits of the authority of the Christian church. κρίνατε = make it your judgment—different from κρίνωμεν; cf. The strong brother who despised the weak virtually judged him or condemned him. Have your feet on errands of love been bent, Or on selfish deeds has your strength been spent? 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). You have put a stumbling block in your brother’s way. Be honest in your evaluation as you answer the following questions: Are you using your freedom to cloak any evil you might be practicing? Leave the judging in the hands of God (v.10). He is especially talking here about the matter of eating or not eating certain foods. To put an obstacle or stumbling block in your brother’s way would be to do something in front of a weaker brother that for you is a matter of liberty in Christ, but it’s not something that he feels free to do. The cross of Christ offends the self-righteous because it tells them that their works can never commend them to the holy God. In a way that makes me credible If someone believes something is unclean—meaning their conscience cannot agree to partake in it—then it really is unclean for them, individually. A hollow vessel made of pottery could contract uncleanness inside but not outside; that is to say, it did not matter who or what touched it outside, but it did matter what touched it inside. "Whatever is not of faith is sin" (Romans 14:23). A great many people think the Christian life is some great, overwhelming experience and you take off like a rocket going out into space. 4. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: Let us therefore stop turning critical eyes on one another. then we are certain to fall into serious errors in other doctrines. 2:8-9). Desire to have a conscience void of offense toward God (Acts 24:16). The World of Men, Regarded as God's Property. (Ro 8:4-note), Let us behave (peripateo) properly (fitting or becoming in a manner of behavior) as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. The two expressions are regarded by many as synonymous, or the second as explanatory of the first. (William Barclay. If thy brother be grieved with thy meat, (though no meat be unclean of itself,) yet in eating thou doest amiss, for three reasons: (1.) But if anyone says to you, 'This has been offered in sacrifice,' then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience' sake —  the other man's conscience, I mean, not yours. God grant that you and I might be joined to Him in our daily walk. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. To violate their conscience in that case is a sin, Paul writes (Romans 14:13–24). The church has the right to require of her officers and members assent to everything that can be shown to be taught or implied in Scripture — but the church does not have the right to add anything to what is contained in Scripture. You are not your brother's judge, Christ is. Instead of judging, we ought to do another thing, which is not properly judging, but called judging, in allusion to the word immediately going before. VI. Everyone is entitled to a few hours of breathing without being encumbered with some task." There he speaks only of a stumblingblock; here he adds an occasion of falling, or, as it is in the original, a scandal. A weak Christian (Ro 14:1, 2, 3) can be hurt or distressed from watching another Christian say or do something he considers sinful. 2. We don’t know all their circumstances, nor their motives. Hurt (3076) (lupeo from lupe = sorrow) signifies pain, of body or mind and means to cause one to experience severe mental or emotional distress or physical pain which may be accompanied by sadness, sorrow or grief. Sometimes obstacles are things that in and of themselves may be legitimate, yet in certain contexts may be inappropriate. In later Greek it came to mean what it means here, the profane as contrasted to the hallowed or the sacred. And if so, could we consistently object, for reasons of principle — if a church judicatory were to enact a rule prohibiting the use of tea or coffee? Romans definition: a book of the New Testament (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans ),... | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples Even though a church member may have committed an act which in the opinion of the members of a judicatory would be sinful if committed in like circumstances by themselves — still the judicatory has no right to censure such a person unless it can be proved from Scripture that the act was sinful. Concerning this the Larger Catechism, no. A new power of sight is required, which attaches only to the new man. This bred much unwarranted legalism with the terrible result of calling all Gentiles "unclean" whom the Lord was calling to Himself. 3. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. Go to. 365-366, cited by Sam Storms- Liberty, Legalism, and Love (4)), “Are we really to believe that a Christian brother’s single act against his own conscience—which in any case is not his fault but the fault of the strong who have misled him, and which is therefore an unintentional mistake, not a deliberate disobedience—merits eternal condemnation? This elicits from the inspired writer a warning of judgment which will be swift and severe (Heb 10:30-31). (Romans 14 Word Studies in the New Testament). The last verses of the passage deal further with this conception of uncleanness. They fail to take the power of the Holy Spirit into their reckoning. But judge this rather - If disposed to “judge,” let us be employed in a better kind of judging; let us come “to a determination” not to injure the cause of Christ. The use of alcohol is an example of a stronger brother who in the process of using his liberty regarding alcohol intake potentially sets a stumbling block in his weaker brother's way. This is not the desire of God for as Peter writes. B.C.) “I’ve been misbehaving, Doc, and my conscience is troubling me,” he complained. Rather (mallon) is a comparative adverb referring to what is better (as compared to what is merely "good"). Regeneration of the heart, sanctification of the life and enlightenment of the mind and conscience of Christian people by the Holy Spirit — are realities, and we for our part believe they are far more powerful and effective than any man-made rules and regulations revised to supplement the Word of God. Mediaeval monasticism was an attempt to separate from the world itself, an attempt to escape corruption by abstaining from all association with the corrupt. This term must not be misunderstood. You can have your own convictions before God by working through the issue biblically (Ro 14:5, 22), but let your brother work out his convictions. But I think that it goes too far here to insist on the usual meaning of destroy. Romans 14:13: “Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.” Paul uses a play on words here: the word translated “determine” is the same word translated “judge” earlier in the sentence. 1 Corinthians 8:9). This, however, is not because the use of carbolic acid is sinful in itself, but because it is used with suicidal intent. The moral law of God binds all of Adam's posterity to personal, entire, exact and perpetual obedience (Westminster Confession of Faith, XIX.i). I must settle up with my worldly neighbors and show them what the grace of God can do in the heart of a man who was once dishonest.”. (Amplified Bible - Lockman), GWT: "The Lord Jesus has given me the knowledge and conviction that no food is unacceptable in and of itself" (GWT), NLT: I know and am perfectly sure on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. Let us not therefore judge one another any more (μηκετι ουν αλληλους κρινωμεν — mēketi oun allēlous krinōmen). to his own lord he stands or falls . Things made of metal could become unclean, except a door, a bolt, a lock, a hinge, a knocker and a gutter. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". (2.) But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. Even the generally conservative College Press NIV Commentary has a note on the Romans section written by Jack Cottrell (Ph.D. Cincinnati Bible Seminary) with which I strongly disagree. But they will make it if you just give them time, if you let them set their own speed. In the OT it is mainly a common-sense distinction, made, however, from religious motives, and becoming part of the ritual of the Hebrews. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Living With Others in View -To become a Christian is easy — for it is just receiving God's grace through faith in the Savior. occasion to fall. The ointment did not go out of existence, but was used for what they judged to be a useless purpose (were they ever wrong!). How could a strong believer treat in a loveless way someone for whom Christ died in an act of supreme love? Σκάνδαλον occasionof falling is also rendered stumbling-block in other passages. These passages, therefore, present principles for the guidance of Christians in regulating their personal conduct — not principles for the guidance of church assemblies in formulating conditions of church membership. Young's Literal: no longer, therefore, may we judge one another, but this judge ye rather, not to put a stumbling-stone before the brother, or an offence. The truth is, however, that "science" is an abstraction. What a contrast! Paul’s play on words demands that we should never be judgmental of fellow believers but instead should use our best judgment to help them. Anything that got in the way of that was dispensable. (Ibid). And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." In this verse proskomma speaks of the spiritual hindrance to another caused by a selfish use of liberty or alternatively our tendency to set up a list of do's and don'ts. Paul was talking to a liberated Jew who would flaunt a pork chop in the face of a newly converted Jew, or a liberated Gentile who would eat meat offered to idols in front of a newly converted pagan who just came out of an idolatrous system. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". Romans 14:13 Context. Plato projected a day when the common good would dominate all decisions. Someone may object that opium and marijuana, for example, are not indifferent — but sinful in themselves. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/romans-14.html. He may even be doing something which, though not sinful in itself — is in that particular instance a sin against God. When Jesus said, “It is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish [apollumi]” (Mt18:14), the context makes clear that “these little ones” are believers. Perhaps he begins drinking to excess again. They ignore three basic facts about this early Christian phenomenon. They tell them, “As a Christian, you can’t dress or look like worldly young people do. If your action, though right in itself, would have a tendency to destroy his soul, deny yourself for love's sake. ", From this we learn that man-made regulations about things indifferent are ineffectual: "they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence." When Paul says here that there is nothing unclean of itself, we must realize that he is speaking only of these indifferent (neutral or morally neutral) matters. Thus we see that while certain circumstances may render the use of adiaphora sinful by a particular person at a particular time, or under certain circumstances — still this is very different from affirming that the things in question are sinful in themselves. OR A STUMBLING BLOCK IN A BROTHER'S WAY: to me tithenai (PAN) proskomma to adelpho e skandalon: James Denney - (Stumbling block) does not occur in the Gospels, but it is a remarkable fact that in most of our Lord’s express teaching about sin, it is sin in the character of skandalon, a snare or stumbling-block to others, with which He deals. You have to know the hearts of the people around you so you can be sure to have an unselfish love for them. "Commentary on Romans 14:13". In Mt 18:14 Jesus referred to nonpermanent ruin or loss. The English word scandal is derived from the noun via the Lat. In the LXX peripateo is found in only 33 passages, of which more than half come from Wisdom literature... Only occasionally does peripateo denote in the figurative sense way of life (2Ki 20:3; Eccl 11:9). The Biblical Conception: Nevertheless, notorious wickedness, whether in principle or practice, whereby society is injured,” and God dishonoured, “being a matter subject to no doubt, we ought not only to judge and condemn in our own minds every instance thereof, but should rebuke those sharply who are guilty of it.” But judge this rather — Instead of judging others, let us observe this as an important rule for our conduct; that no man put a stumbling-block — Any cause of stumbling; or an occasion to fall — Into sin; in his brother’s way — Hindering him in his way to heaven: let us do nothing, how indifferent soever it may be in itself, which may tend to prejudice, discourage, or mislead any other Christian; especially let us not, by an unseasonable use of our Christian liberty, induce him to act against his conscience, or with a doubting conscience, or unnecessarily move him to hate or judge us. Is there some non-essential ("food") I need to give up for the higher interest of my brother (that's what agape love does)? Will it grieve him or even destroy him by encouraging him to sin? Not to lay a stumblingblock — By moving him to do as thou doest, though against his conscience. Bibliography"Commentary on Romans 14:13". Yet Romans 14 does deal with sin – not the opinions themselves, but … The fourteenth chapter of Romans is a marvelous treatise in which the inspired apostle encourages the strong to assist the weak so that the cause of Christ might be united. Followers of Jesus are most effective BibliographySchaff, Philip. Some people have an irresistible propensity to sit in judgment, to pronounce opinions. Paul then gives Christ as a model to show how that difficult injunction can be obeyed—all in another chapter but part of the same thought. The old wedding ceremony included this as part of the vows. But none the less it is unholy to the man who thinks it is. (NASB: Lockman). The conditions of the covenant of grace are repentance and faith. (Building Up One Another Without Offending - See dropdown list). What a confession! Scripture calls it "walking with the Lord." "Commentary on Romans 14:13". (Romans Illustrations - Part 2), Live for thy neighbor, if thou wouldst live for God! 1989. In the religious sense Jesus and these people spoke different languages. Below is a list of the NT uses of one another (be sure to check the context for the most accurate interpretation). MacArthur - Paul tells us we do have a decision to make. Skandalon thus came to mean any entanglement of the foot. The sixth commandment, "You shall not kill," is stated by the Shorter Catechism to forbid "the taking of our own life, or the life of our neighbor, unjustly, or whatever tends thereunto" (no. Greek. 8:8), “But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat.” But their tendency was to look with contempt on their Jewish brothers, belittling them for their petty rules. Paul in this passage presents the "stumbling block" principle which many have referred to … The whole passage, Galatians 5:16-24, is a radical antidote for the false belief that man-made rules and regulations can curb the sinful tendencies of the Christian's old nature. Examples - The rabbis and Pharisees said touching a "defiled" plate made someone "unclean" if it had a rim. The question of the separated life is a very important one, not only because it is a practical question which must be faced by every thoughtful Christian, but also because of the doctrinal ramifications that it has. (1Jn 2:28, 3:2,3), John MacArthur on "for whom Christ died" - Paul concludes by telling the strong not to plunge the weak, "for whom Christ died," into spiritual devastation (Ro 14:15). It simply means separation from those things, sinful in themselves, which specially characterize the world regarded as Satan's kingdom. I like that figure because a walk, of course, merely consists of two simple steps, repeated over and over again. then faith is the feet that walk with God. The moment that specific rules are made by men concerning things indifferent, the moment that any man or body of men requires of the Christian abstinence from things indifferent for religious or moral reasons — at that moment liberty has become bondage; and the conscience, left free by God as to things indifferent — has become enslaved to the commandments of men. They are not concerned about the swaying of the bridge, or the danger of falling into the torrent below. (Luke 1:6). . (Edersheim). Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 14:13-23. There can be little doubt that certain groups among American Fundamentalists have to a considerable extent revived the ancient Gnostic doctrine that material things can be sinful in themselves. The antithesis is forcibly illustrated in Acts 10:14, 28, where Peter says: "I have never eaten anything that is common and unclean," and the reply is: "What God hath cleansed, make not thou common." "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love (agape) for one another." Ordinarily, koinos means common; then it comes to describe something which is ordinary in the sense that it is not sacred, something that is profane as opposed to sacred things; and finally it describes something, as it does here, which is ceremonially unclean and unfit for the service and worship of God. 1989. 6. The words “obstacle” and “stumbling block” are basically synonymous. It is also used figuratively, to describe a cause of falling or an occasion of sinning (Ro 14:13, 20; 1 Cor. Charles Schribner's Sons. "Commentary on Romans 14:13". It was therefore applied to that which was ceremonially unclean. When opinions and preferences become more important to us than what God says is valuable to Him, we have made idols out of our own beliefs. (See note Ep 5:15; 5:16). That kind of weakness is sin. "Commentary on Romans 14:13". You aren’t his judge; God is his judge and your judge, too! Just eat what you want and don’t worry about it! 8:9; Sept.: Ex. Scripture is the only standard of faith and conduct that can bind the conscience. There were definite and rigid rules for the washing of hands. 13. It can describe literal or figurative stumbling (figurative of course in this context). . what was really "defiled" (koinos). . Thus a wooden key with metal teeth could become unclean; but a metal key with wooden teeth could not. Romans 14:13 Do Not Cause Another to Stumble 13 a Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide b never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. It is important for the interpretation of the entire passage to learn from the context what the meaning is. KJV: But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. Paul uses it first in the one sense, and then in the other: ‘Do not judge one another, but determine to avoid giving offense.' In Romans 15 Paul cites several Old Testament passages which were in harmony with the fact of … A stumbling block or an occasion of falling. And it seems to be assumed that some church members will abstain from the use of opium because of a church rule — who would not abstain if there were no such ecclesiastical regulation. "If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. But in the context of Romans 14, I think Paul is saying that the weaker brother is grieved not just because of that, but because he thinks he must follow suit. Ecclesiastical legislation concerning things indifferent extends beyond what Scripture warrants. It is easy even to recognize in these two terms the theme of the two following developments: the first relates to the wounded feeling of the weak, with all its vexing consequences; the second to the sin which one is in danger of making him commit by leading him into an act contrary to his conscience. Because of abuse, this had to be suspended, but the idea was good. if a "weaker" Christian is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. But that weakness in me shows me what the weaker brother's conscience is like. Perhaps he goes along with you because he wants your approval, but he gets his eyes off of living to please the Lord. Why doesn’t he just grow up?” (Love Trumps Liberty Romans 14:13-16), Romans 14:15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. What does the Bible mean when it says something is unclean? Everything that the Christian is and does, always has moral significance. They became "indignant when they saw this and said "Why this waste (noun form = apoleia)" In essence they were asking Jesus why are You letting the precious oil perish and be rendered useless? πρόσκομμα (see Romans 14:21), an occasion of stumbling, in act: σκάνδαλον (ib. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. The hurt is deeper if the offending believer is admired and respected by the weaker one. LET US NOT JUDGE ONE ANOTHER ANYMORE: Meketi oun allelous krinomen (1PPAS): Let us no longer have the habit of criticizing one another. The truth is elementary, but it is constantly being overlooked or misunderstood, not only by earnest Christians but even by popular religious teachers of the present day. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.” The argument here is, “If Christ loved this brother enough to die for him on the cross, then don’t you think that you should love him enough to be willing to give up your ham sandwich (or glass of wine) so that you don’t lead him into sin?” In other words, get some perspective: Your sacrifice of some liberty is nothing compared to Christ’s sacrifice of His very life! Koinos - 14x in 12v - NAS Usage: common(3), common property(1), impure(2), unclean(5), unholy(5). BibliographyTrapp, John. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. (Mark 7 - William Barclay's Daily Study Bible). In short they were rendered useless. (Collected writings of W. E. Vine). A Gentile was unclean; food touched by a Gentile was unclean; any vessel touched by a Gentile was unclean. 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