"The Weaker - Part 5"
“The Weaker - Part 5”
Let us look at the final verses of Romans 14…
22 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
We have seen that we are free to eat and drink.
We are not free to judge or look with contempt.
We are not free to cause someone to stumble by our freedom.
The last word in Romans 14 is that we live by faith and the conviction we have before God.
By faith we have freedom.
In this conviction we will be happy if we do not condemn ourselves in what we approve.
What does this mean?
We do not condemn ourselves by using our freedom to cause an obstacle to a brother.
If one doubts...if one is a weaker brother who does not eat, then condemnation will come if they eat.
Because his eating is not by faith.
Do not condemn yourself by eating...if you have not the faith.
To eat by the “faith of another” is sin.
Finally, whatever is not from faith is sin.
- judge not the one who eats and drinks by faith. All things are clean.
- show not contempt to those who abstain.
- build up one another
- edify one another
- remember, the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
- live by faith