"Commentary on Romans 14:22". Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. But this is quite in St. Paul’s manner: cf. Greek: ou ten peri dogmaton (pistin) alla ten peri tes prokeimenes upotheseos. This fact he states in the form of a universal proposition, as applicable not only to “this” case, but to “all” cases; compare 1 John 3:21. 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. BibliographyCalvin, John. Romans 14:22, ESV: "The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Happy. ], a source of unutterable joy. BibliographyTrapp, John. (2) He doth not here mean, saith St. John Chrysostom, a faith to believe divine truths. | Powered by WordPress. Or happy is he that acteth not against his conscience, by doing what he sees is allowed of by others, but which his conscience tells him he ought not to do. Happy is he who condemns not himself, etc. 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. Happy is your case; you are not self-condemned in your liberal allowance. have it to thyself before God. 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. New York, USA. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. John Piper Mar 14, 1982 27 Shares Sermon. This is a most excellent maxim, and every genuine Christian should be careful to try every part of his conduct by it. Translation of Romans. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". 22 Do you [emphatic] have faith? However, the other reading is very ancient, and it is impossible to decide positively between them. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” Paul is repeating here what he stated in Ro 14:5b, “Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.” Again, he is not talking about matters where the Bible gives clear moral commands. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Liberty arises out of faith. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hal/romans-14.html. Rom 5:1. The apostle answers, "Hast thou more knowledge than he, to believe those things to be lawful, which he apprehends to be sinful? or death [Note: 2 Kings 20:3. and happy he who is free from a doubting conscience! ‘Before God,’—because He is the object of faith: hardly, as Erasm., “comprimens inanem gloriam quæ solet esse comes scientiæ,”—for there is no trace of a depreciation of the strong in faith in the chapter,—only a caution as to their conduct in regard of their weaker brethren. This faith in one’s liberty sees all things as clean with a clear perspective on grace. Commentary on Romans 14:19-23 (Read Romans 14:19-23) Many wish for peace, and talk loudly for it, who do not follow the things that make for peace. 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. Further clarification on how to happily live with those one might differ with are provided. We must not take it ill if our friends prefer work which is pleasing to God, before visits and compliments, which may please us. But, on the other hand, to do any thing without a careful inquiry into the quality of the action proposed, is presumptuous in the extreme, and shews that we have not really the fear of God before our eyes. But I must remind all such persons, that there is a future judgment; and that God will judge, not by the laws which men establish for themselves, but by the law which he himself has given in his written word. The faith which thou hast, have to thyself before God. Read Introduction to Romans . Romans 14:21 : Romans 14:23 >> Romans 14:1-23. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". Happy is the man. Hast thou faith? Tu fidem habes? before God — a most important clause. 1835. Take care, at the same time, that your liberty be never so used as to become a stumbling-block to your weaker brethren. Men have a duty towards their minds generally, to cultivate them and improve them in knowledge, and to fit them for the better discharge of all the functions of life. Paul offered a personal question to mature believers about confidence in their faith in the liberty of grace. Hast thou faith? If thou hast formed this conviction in the sight of God, keep thyself in this frame before Him. Greek. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/romans-14.html. In fact the Bible tells us that we are blessed by this liberty (Romans 14:22). Let your whole conduct shew the excellence of the principles by which you are governed: and let it be “the one labour of your lives to maintain a good conscience both towards God and towards man [Note: Acts 24:16.].”]. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. Another person may have a fuller insight into the nature of Christian liberty than you: and “to his own Master must every man stand or fall.” Be you contented with approving your own selves to God; and leave to others the latitude which you claim for yourselves [Note: ver. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/romans-14.html. When I say that an unregenerate Paul would not say, “I delight in the law of God, in my inner being” (Romans 7:22), I don’t mean that a first-century Jew couldn’t say that. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. The verse is still addressed to the strong. 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. κ.τ.λ. Those who enjoy the testimony of a good conscience—, [This is a most exalted privilege, and, whether in life [Note: 2 Corinthians 1:12.] All that is here condemned is such a zeal for small points as endangers Christian love. Hast thou faith? Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. The strong believer can be happy in his private enjoyment of amoral practices because he knows that he is neither violating the will of God nor the conscience of a weak brother. Scripture: Romans 14:1–9. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. He is a happy man who can eat what he pleases, and drink what he pleases, without any qualms of conscience to condemn him while he does so. have it to thyself before God, Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, ἀλλὰ τὴν περὶ τῆς προκειμένης ὑποθέσεως λέγει, ἐκείνη μὲν γὰρ μὴ ὁμολογουμένη καταστρέφει, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. - That man only can enjoy peace of conscience who acts according to the full persuasion which God has given him of the lawfulness of his conduct: whereas he must be miserable who allows himself in the practice of any thing for which his conscience upbraids and accuses him. Thus in order to be happy it is necessary to have consideration towards others. He doth not speak of faith in the fundamentals of religion, this must be professed and acknowledged, let who will be offended; but of faith in indifferent things (which are the subject matter he is treating of): our belief or persuasion therein is not to be unseasonably uttered or declared, so as to occasion scandal or contention. Now what stronger, clearer faith thou hast in Christ alone, by which thou seest that these scruples are no proper part of Christianity, so have it to thyself and God as to hurt nobody else. No standard should be referred to, but that which God himself will approve; and according to his written word should every sentiment and every act be tried. ]: but, till that deliverance come, take my text for your guide: “Happy is he who condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” “If once you make sacrifice of a good conscience, you are in the way to make an utter shipwreck of your faith [Note: 1 Timothy 1:19. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. BibliographyHaldane, Robert. Hast thou faith?— There is no necessity for reading the first clause interrogatively; and it seems more agreeable to the structure of the Greek;—Thou hast faith: as if he had said, "I own you have a right persuasion." The faith, therefore, of which the apostle had spoken, is a great blessing. "Family Bible New Testament". 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… Have it to thyself before God - In circumstances like these, keep it to thyself, and do not offend others by it. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/shh/romans-14.html. As for trying themselves by the test of Scripture, they think not of it: they stand self-approved; and they conceive that God will confirm the testimony of their own minds. 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.”. It hence follows, that if we offend our weak brethren by eating meats, it is through a perverse opinion; for there is no necessity to constrain us. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". And happy is it for the Christian when his just views are not acted on in such a manner as to stumble others. -(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. The faith which then hast, etc. 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. 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. He did not wish them to believe a thing to be sinful which was not sinful, or to trammel their own consciences with the scruples of their weaker brethren. ]:” and the office of conscience is, to testify, when they fulfil, and when they violate, this law. How to Welcome a Weak Brother. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” Paul is repeating here what he stated in 14:5b, “Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.” Again, he is not talking about matters where the Bible gives clear moral commands. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Hast thou faith — That all things are pure? 1765. In the same way, the man who has misgivings or an uneasy conscience about the things he does, whether it is eating or drinking or something else, this man is not acting out of faith and so stands in condemnation before God. have it to thyself before God. have it to thyself before God. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/romans-14.html. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 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. But they can have no doubt about the propriety of an “opposite” course. "You have a right persuasion concerning your Christian liberty, and I advise you to hold your profession steadfastly,with respect to yourself in the sight of God." Εχω have, has frequently this emphatical signification. It is also plainly evident how strangely perverted is this passage by some, who hence conclude, that it is not material how devoted any one may be to the observance of foolish and superstitious ceremonies, provided the conscience remains pure before God. 1878. BibliographyBurkitt, William. In that which he alloweth - Which he “approves,” or which he “does.” Who has a clear conscience in his opinions and conduct. 14:22-23. The subject of conscience needs to be treated with extreme delicacy and care; lest we wound a weak brother, and make the heart of the righteous sad.” It is however a subject of such vital importance, that we must of necessity enter upon it, and prosecute it, with all fidelity. This is a commendation of the position of the strong brother: keep this faith because it is well founded, but … Yet, on some occasions, it will betray its operation in the mind, especially when it reproves for something amiss, and for something which the man himself would be ashamed to have known: it will then suffuse his cheek with a blush, or perhaps cast over his countenance a pallid hue, which a wise observer cannot easily misinterpret. Blessed (as the word is usually rendered) is he that judgeth not himself in that which he approveth; tests and then chooses to do. Not so your weak brother, as the next verse shows. Condemneth not himself - Whose conscience does not reprove him. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/romans-14.html. Forbear for fear of offence, unless it be in point of necessary duty: for then we may not do evil that good may come, Romans 3:8. To act first, and afterwards make inquiries, is almost a certain way to involve ourselves in guilt [Note: Proverbs 20:25.]. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". "Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews". Romans 14:22-23. If a man have not peace in his own bosom, he cannot be happy; and no man can have peace who sins against his conscience. Hast thou faith? 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. We should never forget, that, “if we doubt of the lawfulness of any thing, we are self-condemned if we do it; since whatsoever is not of faith, is sin [Note: ver. Romans 14:22 (King James Version ... Barnes' Notes Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) Scofield: Definitions: Interlinear: Library: Topical Studies: X-References: Commentaries: Matthew Henry. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". “Approves” means to approve after testing to find that it meets specifications. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. His belief in this point is correct; and let him rejoice before God in his privilege; but let him not wound the mind of his weak brother by an injudicious exercise of his privileges. It is to be cherished in our hearts, and used in a manner acceptable to God. 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. 1909-1922. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/romans-14.html. God sees your sincerity; he sees that you are right; and you will not offend him. Scripture Romans 14 Sort Bible Verse. Have it to thyself before God; it is not necessary to parade it before men. I mean that I myself really do, in the depths of my new regenerate man (cf. 1840-57. This interpretation seems better suited to the context, and to the force of the words, than another which is also frequently given, ‘Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself, i.e. 1871-8. Your email address will not be published. be grateful to God for this light, but do not use it in such a manner as to injure others. We strictly understand it to be justifying faith in Christ; that faith which the weakling had, but in which he was obscure. Have thou to thyself before God (συκατα σεαυτον εχε ενωπιον του τεου — su̇̇kata seauton eche enōpion tou theou). Romans 14:22. (q) He showed before in (Romans 14:14) what he means by faith, that is, for a man to be certain and without doubt in matters and things indifferent. Liberty for self and liberty for others are two different things. — That man is happy, and he only can enjoy peace in his conscience, who acts according to the persuasion which he has of the lawfulness of his conduct. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. They were conscious of doing right, and that consciousness was attended with peace. 1874-1909. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". They will tell us, that the object for which they plead is commonly approved by all in our circumstances: that we need not give way, except on this or that particular occasion: that to hold out against the wishes and solicitations of our friends can be ascribed to nothing but spiritual pride, and will give just offence to those whom we are bound to please; and that, in fact, our preciseness will only offend those whom we ought rather to conciliate, and make religion hateful to those whose eternal welfare we wish rather to promote. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". The strong Christian has inner liberty and prosperity of soul to do those things of which he approves. give occasion to others to censure him for the use which he makes of his liberty.' B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1947), p. 706. 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) Hast thou faith?—It is with some reluctance that in deference to the union of the four best MSS. "faith") about amoral practices on others. The authority for ‘which’ is decisive, and this reading gives the above rendering, which does not alter the purport of the verse. But, for the most part, it requires time to make a fair statement of the circumstances of which the conscience is to judge: and in such cases, if they have respect to God only, we should consider attentively the conduct of our blessed Lord and his Apostles on similar occasions: or, if they have respect to man, then should we in all cases change places, as it were, with the person concerned; that so we may judge with more candour than we are likely to exercise, if we stand altogether on our own ground; because our judgment is but too likely to be warped by self-love and sinful partiality. Hast thou faith? p. 209. By faith here seems clearly to be understood the faith of which Paul had been speaking in the context; a faith which some Christians had, and others had not, viz., a firm belief "that there is nothing (no meat) unclean of itself." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/romans-14.html. For if it is the latter it will destroy our happiness. You can ignore the wider context of Romans 9-11 and zero in on the pregnant statements in verse 9 (“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 10:5-15" Mar 14, 1982. 1905. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/romans-14.html. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". 5. Whilst your doubts remain, it will be well to pause: for, “if a man esteem any thing unclean, to him it is unclean [Note: ver. Happy is he does not judge himself in what he approves.’. College Press, Joplin, MO. You will not feel guilty and troubled as to whether you are acting beyond what the Word of God really says. Romans 15:1, but.— κρίνων, judging [condemning]) [Condemning] judging and approving are the words in antithesis: by combining the two, the doubting conscience is exquisitely described, when a man approves a thing, and yet [condemns] judges his own action. Hast thou faith? But Paul handles nothing of this kind in this place, but only speaks of our liberty in the use of meat and drink. The blessedness of the mature does not need to be disturbed should the immature condemn him. "The Bible Study New Testament". Here the apostle answers an objection: "Some might be ready to say, that they had faith, that is, a firm and full persuasion that it is lawful for them to eat those meats, which others judged to be sinful; and therefore it is necessary that they profess it, and own it, and assert their liberty.". Let me, then, state to you. have it to thyself before God: some read the first clause without an interrogation, thou hast faith; either way the sense is the same. This person does not live on scruples of legalism but has reached prosperity in understanding the grace principle. Have it to yourself before God. xxvi. In that thing which he alloweth.—In the acts which he permits himself. 1832. Bible commentary on the Book of Romans, chapter 14, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/romans-14.html. It is a source of great happiness to be sure that what we do is right, and, therefore, the firm conviction to which some Christians had attained, was not to be undervalued or renounced. 22. 1. And thus understood, the apostle’s declaration is perfectly just in every case; because if a man acts without that persuasion, he acts without any principle of virtue, being guided merely by his own inclinations. Romans 14:17–18. Instead of to thyself, the Greek would be more properly rendered with respect to,—as pertaining to; that is, "so far as it concerns yourself, hold it in the sight of God." 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. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves." Romans 14:13-23 Love's Greater Call is part of the last section of Romans, Romans 12-16 where God's people are in various situations exhorted to love one another. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. We should take care that “the light which is in us be not darkness:” for if it be, how great must that darkness be! An EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Romans. The reader will observe that here, as in Romans 14:22, faith does not signify the believing in Christ, and in the truths and promises of his gospel, but a persuasion that what one doth is lawful. Happy is he who condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth.” We must keep a conscience void of offense before God and man in all things if we keep justified. 2012. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/romans-14.html. To be able, and unwilling, is noble. Romans 7:14-22 New International Version (NIV) 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. That is the prosperity of a soul oriented to grace. Before God - Where God only is the witness. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. Rev., better, judgeth. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/romans-14.html. 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.) Nor are they altogether agreed upon the subject of moral duty. He simply required them to use their liberty in a considerate and charitable manner. 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