romans 14:22 commentary


Happy is your case; you are not self-condemned in your liberal allowance. Bible commentary on the Book of Romans, chapter 14, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. Dedication to Simon Grynaeus. Romans 7:16 : κατὰ σεαυτὸν ἔχε καὶ μηδενὶ φράζε. But he is not to intrude it upon his weak brother. Romans 14:22. Before God - Where God only is the witness. 22. Romans 14:21 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/romans-14.html. 14. 1870. Happy is he does not judge himself in what he approves.’. ], 3. (434). Farther, there is an anadiplosis in the words εχεις and εχε: the first signifies simply have, the latter hold fast. 1999. For if it is the latter it will destroy our happiness. “Well, no,” said the fellow. ].”], [Conscience may easily be warped, yea, and silenced too; so that it shall give no testimony whatever, till it is awaked by some flagrant enormity, or by some peculiar occurrence. It is not mere sincerity, or a private opinion, of which the apostle speaks: it is conviction as to what is the truth and will of God. See Romans 1:28. The assumption appears to be that such weaker brothers and sisters would be present at love feasts in most church groups. Perhaps a single inquiry would settle all debate in regard to these things: “Did anyone ever become a slave-dealer, or a dealer in ardent spirits, or go to the theater, for engage in scenes of splendid amusements, with any belief that he was imitating the Lord Jesus Christ, or with any desire to honor him or his religion?” But one answer would be given to this question; and in view of it, how striking is the remark of Paul, “Happy is he that condemneth not himself in what he alloweth.”. in the sight of God. John Piper Mar 14, 1982 27 Shares Sermon. Have it to thyself before God; it is not necessary to parade it before men. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". "Commentary on Romans 14:22". Part of The Bible Teaching Commentary on the Book of Romans. James 1:25): the doubter must not claim the freedom he does not feel. "The Bible Study New Testament". 1871-8. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he … - This state of mind, the apostle says, is one that is attended with peace and happiness; and this is a “further” reason why they should indulge their opinion in private, without obtruding it on others. Chapter 10. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". Ephesians 3:16; 4:24), love the law of God.” I don’t doubt there were regenerate first-century Christian Jews like Zechariah and Elizabet… https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/romans-14.html. 1878. If thou hast formed this conviction in the sight of God, keep thyself in this frame before Him. 1871-8. A man consulted a doctor. ‘Thou hast faith, thou mayest say; well, have it, I do not call upon thee to renounce it.' The true text is σὺ πίστιν ἣν ἔχεις: “the faith that thou hast, have thou to thyself in the sight of God”. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves." Scripture: Romans 14:1–6. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. In that which he alloweth - Which he “approves,” or which he “does.” Who has a clear conscience in his opinions and conduct. 1832. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. Those whose consciences are weak and troubled—, [If your minds be troubled, see whether there be not just occasion for them so to be: and when you have found out the accursed thing, put it away from you with abhorrence, and implore mercy at the hands of God for your sin in having ever indulged it. have it to thyself before God. There are, it is true, circumstances which may well admit of doubt: and, under such circumstances, you will do well to consult some one of known piety and deep experience; and at the same time to seek direction from God, through the influence of his Holy Spirit. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. Bibliography"Commentary on Romans 14:22". Romans 14:22 Context. Dr. Taylor has a judicious note on this passage. * Whatever is not from faith is sin: Paul does not mean that all the actions of unbelievers are sinful. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. κ.τ.λ. There is a type of person who may be unduly influenced by what is held to be popular and who may thus go beyond his conscience in order to conform to the behavior pattern of others. BibliographyCalvin, John. This is a commendation of the position of the strong brother: keep this faith because it is well founded, but keep it to thyself, when it might injure the weak brother. We cannot edify one another, while quarrelling and contending. 1909-1922. The faith which thou hast (this reading, which is the more probable on critical grounds, was perhaps changed into the σὺ πίστιν ἔχεις of the rec. 5. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. BibliographyClarke, Adam. The context clearly confutes such a misconstruction.’ A Christian may forego his liberty with respect to meats and drinks, but he has no right to practice what God has not enjoined, nor to avoid practicing what God has instituted. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/romans-14.html. Εχω have, has frequently this emphatical signification. The authority for ‘which’ is decisive, and this reading gives the above rendering, which does not alter the purport of the verse. Bible Verse; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Sermon. In another sense than that of 1 Corinthians 9:21 the Christian made free by faith must feel himself ( μὴ ἄνομος θεοῦ ἀλλʼ ἔννομος χριστοῦ. Sometimes, indeed, it speaks instantly, and without much previous consultation: and in that case its testimony is almost always according to truth; and a man will do well in paying especial respect to such spontaneous motions of the monitor within him. Such Christians as have different sentiments from their brethren, as to the matters of indifferent things especially, ought to keep their judgment and opinion to themselves, and not to hazard the peace of the church by an imprudent publication: Hast thou faith? It is not mere sincerity, or a private opinion, of which the apostle speaks; it is conviction as to what is the truth and will of God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/romans-14.html. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". ), says, πίστιν ἐνταῦθα οὐ τὴν περὶ δογμάτων, ἀλλὰ τὴν περὶ τῆς προκειμένης ὑποθέσεως λέγει …, ἐκείνη μὲν γὰρ μὴ ὁμολογουμένη καταστρέφει, αὕτη δὲ ὁμολογουμένη ἀκαίρως. | Powered by WordPress. Romans 14:22. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". St. Paul, when he persecuted the saints, supposed that in so doing he was discharging a duty to God; for “he thought that he ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus.” Doubtless in this he sinned: but his sin consisted, not in following the dictates of his own conscience, but in having his conscience so ill-informed. But art thou by faith persuaded in mind and conscience, that to eat meats formerly forbidden, in now lawful, have it within thyself, remain in this faith and conscience, but make it not appear, when it is prejudicial to thy weak brother. As God sees and recognizes it, it need not be exhibited before men. Romans 14 – Helping a Weaker Brother A. Don’t judge each other in doubtful things. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/romans-14.html. [17] James Denny, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. It is important to note that the word “happy” does not carry the same sense in the Greek as it does in the English. Do not protrude it out upon thy brother to his damage. "Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews". The apostle had admitted that this was the true doctrine; but he maintains that it should be so held as not to give offence. It is not necessary to exhibit your faith in this matter to men: to be taken with the preceding. This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.. p. 209. Chapter 12. Hast thou faith? Paul indeed intended nothing less, as the context clearly shows; for ceremonies are appointed for the worship of God, and they are also a part of our confession: they then who tear off faith from confession, take away from the sun its own heat. 22.] "Commentary on Romans 14:22". upon which St. John Chrysostom, Greek: om ks. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". At other times, it delays till some occasion arise to draw forth its judgment: thus it did in the case of Joseph’s brethren, whom it made to feel the injustice and the cruelty which, some years before, they had exercised towards him [Note: Genesis 42:21.]. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". dokimazo. New York, USA. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". The Jewish converts cautioned against judging, … That is the prosperity of a soul oriented to grace. put ην — hēn (relative “which”) after πιστιν — pistin and before εχεις — echeis This principle applies to both the “strong” and the “weak.” He is within his rights to act “according to thyself,” but it must be “before God” and with due regard to the rights of the other brethren. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/romans-14.html. ],” as the occasion warrants; and acquitting or condemning him, as God himself will do at the future judgment. ]:” for had he known what evil he was committing, and yet persisted in it, there was reason to fear he would never have obtained mercy at the Lord’s hands. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". A blessed person has a well-oriented soul to God; that is, he is prosperous toward God. Had he studied the Scriptures with more humility of mind, and sought instruction from God, he would have been kept from the fatal errors into which he fell. Self-denial as to personal gratifications, for the sake of others, is an evidence of great excellence and a means of rich enjoyment. In particular, he should not run the risk of injuring a brother’s conscience, merely for the sake of exercising in a special way the spiritual freedom which he has the happiness to possess—whether he exercises it in that way or not. Romans 15:3.— ἔχε, have) The foundation of real prudence and judicious concealment [of our views on non-essentials, for the sake of our neighbour].— μακάριος, happy) These words down to the end of the chapter, contain the antithesis to ch. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". Hast thou faith? It is a painful state in which to be; and you should use all proper means to obtain deliverance from it [Note: Galatians 6:4. 1983-1999. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". BibliographyGodbey, William. xxvi. If it is taken, the interrogative rendering, “Hast thou faith?” better suits the lively character of the address than the affirmative, “Thou hast faith”) have (it) to thyself (reff.) Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Bible Cross-References • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. It is then presented in the form of an objection, which a Gentile convert might be disposed to make to the direction of the apostle to accommodate his conduct to the scruples of others. Sometimes it delivers its sentence in a way to produce becoming humiliation, as in the case of Peter: and sometimes in a way to drive to utter despondency, as in the case of Judas; whom it impelled to suicide, as the only refuge from its poignant reproaches.]. Have it to thyself - Do not obtrude your faith or opinion on others. (2) He doth not here mean, saith St. John Chrysostom, a faith to believe divine truths. BibliographyHodge, Charles. I have been helped and enriched by your work! ].” Yet it is by no means advisable to rest without obtaining satisfaction to your mind. μακάριος ὁ μὴ κρίνων ἑαυτὸν ἐν ᾧ δοκιμάζει: “a motive to charitable self-restraint addressed to the strong in faith” (Gifford). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/romans-14.html. The first is, keep it privately, i.e. Happy. Justification by faith is the theme (1:16-17) and through chapter 11 this subject is developed. But to effect this, is to inflict an irreparable injury on our own souls, and to seal, I had almost said, our eternal condemnation. Without this caution, hisdiscourse would have been imperfect, and not well guarded. 1905. (on such matters): have it to thyself (within thine own breast) before God - a most important clause. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. (22) Hast thou faith?—It is with some reluctance that in deference to the union of the four best MSS. ἐν ἐκείνῳ ὃ δοκ. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. It erects a tribunal there! A “blessed” person is someone who maintains a good conscience toward immature Christians. Chapter 7. ], [But it is not as a monitor only that conscience acts, but as a judge also: and in this respect it is God’s vicegerent in the soul. To make conscience a pretext for doing a thing to which we are previously inclined, is indeed a horrible delusion; and not less common than it is hateful. It is anexhortation,—nottokeepitprivateto himself, not to suppress his sentiments,—but to retain them steadily, and never do or say any thing inconsistent with them: as it follows, "Happy is the man who condemns not himself, by doing or professing any thinginconsistent with what he is assured in his own conscience is right." And … 4, 5.]. Those who enjoy the testimony of a good conscience—, [This is a most exalted privilege, and, whether in life [Note: 2 Corinthians 1:12.] https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/romans-14.html. Chapter 15. Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. We should maintain a godly jealousy over ourselves, lest “Satan beguile us,” or our own heart deceive us. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". IT is well known that there is a great diversity of opinion amongst good men respecting the principles of religion. Commentary on Romans by John Calvin. Otherwise he will in the end have to pass judgment on himself for his action. Chapter 13. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth - allows himself to do nothing, about the lawfulness of which he has scruples; does only what he neither nor fears to be sinful. Thus in order to be happy it is necessary to have consideration towards others. Jesus Is Precious Because Through Him We Become Authentic. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/romans-14.html. -(Commentary on Romans, R. L. Whiteside, pages 266-267): "In this chapter and in 1 Cor., chapters 8 and 10:14-33, Paul discusses the matter of eating meat; but in the main the points of emphasis in the two letters are different. How to Welcome a Weak Brother. Many people indulge in practices which their consciences condemn, many in practices of which they are in doubt. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Εχω, have, has frequently this emphatical signification. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/romans-14.html. Commentary on Romans by John Calvin, 1509-1564. 1700-1703. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/romans-14.html. ]:” and the office of conscience is, to testify, when they fulfil, and when they violate, this law. If we would have conscience perform its office aright, we must take the law of God for the standard whereby it shall judge. “I’ve been misbehaving, Doc, and my conscience is troubling me,” he complained. Many, for meat and drink, destroy the work of God in themselves; nothing more destroys the soul than pampering and pleasing the flesh, … "faith") about amoral practices on others. 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