Bible Ballistics:Who’s Servant? March 2, 2014 Vol.3 No.16
Our title may seem a little strange, but then this article is a little strange for me to write. Sometimes we are brought face to face with our own weakness, prejudices, convictions or understandings. When those times come, what are we to do? That’s the question I’d like us to consider today. In a little different format, I’d like us simply to peruse two portions of Paul’s letter to the Romans, with very little commentary. I’ll format the verses in a way that will help us simply walk through them and consider what God is saying– to me and to you through this powerful text.
Romans chapters 12-15 give some practical help in dealing with government, other believers and our gifts and convictions. I pray that this will speak to each of us, and that we will be able to walk right before God and others in all that we do. That we will respond to others with grace and love, without compromising our beliefs and convictions from the Word of God.
“Render therefore to all their dues:
tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom;
fear to whom fear;
honour to whom honour.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:
for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this,
Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not kill,
Thou shalt not steal,
Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Thou shalt not covet;
and if there be any other commandment,
it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:
for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand:
let us therefore cast off the works of darkness,
and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day;
not in rioting and drunkenness,
not in chambering and wantonness,
not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make not provision for the flesh,
to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Paul continues right on into chapter 14 to show us how to relate to other believers with whom we may not always agree on things other than the ‘fundamentals’ of salvation.
Romans 14:1-14, 16 & 19
“Him that is weak in the faith receive ye,
but not to doubtful disputations.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things:
another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
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.
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.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another:
another esteemeth every day alike.
Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
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.
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,
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.
12 So then every one of us shall give account
of himself to God.
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.
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………
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:……
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace,
and things wherewith one may edify another.”
May God open our eyes, ears and hearts to know HIM and HIS will and way. To follow HIM whose servant I am, and leave HIS other servants to HIS care on the secondary issues.