"Whatever Is Not From Faith Is Sin"
“Whatever Is Not From Faith Is Sin”
The Spirit now leads Paul to wrap up the discussion of the matter of Romans 14.
- believers have freedom and liberty to eat/drink what they desired. Let each be convinced by the Lord.
- there will be some that think that certain items should not be consumed. These are referred to as the “weak”.
- the “strong”, those that understand their freedom/liberty, should not cause anyone to stumble by the exercising of liberty.
- the “weak” should not judge the “strong”...if someone is convinced that they may eat/drink, then the “weak” should not hold this against them.
- the same type of discussion was occurring related to “keeping of days”.
- each one will give an account before God
- the Kingdom of God is not eating/drinking, but righteousness, peace, joy in the Holy Spirit
Let each be convinced by God in their mind.
Let each accept OneAnother.
Let each walk in humility before OneAnother.
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.
Have the faith you have as conviction before God.
I cannot be convinced of man to live in freedom/liberty. Only through the Lord.
Happy...blessed...is the one who trust in the Lord and does not compromise himself.
I can not live by another’s conviction.
An example is given.
If one doubts when he eats...he questions whether he should be eating but is doing so because of the freedom/liberty expressed by another...then he is not eating of faith.
Whatever is not from faith is sin.
This does not give us freedom to break other instructions/commands of the Lord.
We are not to partake in excess.
We know we are not to partake of drink in excess...drunkenness.
But, we often ignore the partaking of food in excess...gluttony.
Both are condemned by the Lord.
So, examine yourself (oh how the mirror does not lie…”mirror” of the Spirit, mirror on the wall) to see if you are a picture of excess.
If so, repent.
The Lord will bring forth change.