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Pastor Brant Seacrist

December 2, 2018


TEXT: ROMANS 64: 1-8
READING:  PSALM 25: 1-22

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SUBJ: The matter of judging others in their faith and actions in consideration of the fact that we are the redeemed of the Lord and stand before the same Master as they.

AIM: That we should live and die unto the Lord indeed and so refrain from demeaning the faith of another.

INTR: At chapter 12 we observed a drastic change in the book of Romans in that we moved from doctrinal issues to the application of those things in life and relationships. We should detect that 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2, is still guiding the thoughts.
1. We saw it in respect to the applications of gifts as well as interpersonal relationships with both the brethren and others and even to our conduct regarding secular government.
2. The application becomes more detailed as we address specific matters of faith and practice and do well to remember He who is guiding us.
3. We would direct attention, not people in judgment, but to the Lord who is over all and in all that we may be worshipers together and not judges.

THESIS: Pride dictates the reference to ourselves as to opinion, as well as practice. Faith directs us into the Love of Christ and will not be distracted by that which we may not understand or even approve for ourselves.

I. A mandate to graciousness (vv. 1-4)
1. All believers are to be received and not with the idea of debate their practices.
2. The issues here are not about doubting salvation – Paul is addressing the brethren at Rome
3. These are rather matters of practice and faith in its relationship to them.
1) A first example is here is given as to certain foods and the personal ability to eat or not.
2) At the root of these things is things wherein doubt may exist and this may take on other forms – such as assurances and the need to perform
3) Some can rise above doubts and fears and move with more confidence than others.
4. In either direction one is not to despise another – who am I to reject who God has received?
5. The direction is cleared up by a question: Who art thou that judgest…
1) We could easily see the example of someone appearing in a workplace and directing employees to act counter to what their boss has ordered. Even it he was right it would not be good.
2) The issue in this case is that we are not to stand in the stead of the Lord in such matters where there is no sin implied and the practice is not of consequence.

II. A second example (vv. 5-6)
1. It would seem that the issue is, at least partly, owing to the presence of Jewish believers among the gentiles of the Roman church.
1) It is not hard to understand from scripture that there were things that had been ingrained in them from childhood as a way of life.
2) If they were to continue the observation of certain days believing that they were serving the Lord thereby, it was not to be questioned.
2. Another insists that every day is to be alike and there is argument for this.
3. To insist that it be one way or the other would become legalism and would soon attach the understanding of salvation to it.
4. The problem is that it would cause one to esteem other as less than themselves and fly in the face of the principles of brotherly love (we are reminded of the words of Christ as to those who are not against Him).
5. So then whether we eat or don’t eat or observe the day or not, it is to the Lord and it is to be with thanksgiving wherein the Grace of our God is acknowledged.

III. The guiding principle (vv. 7-8)
1. Something that is true about all of us: nobody lives or dies unto Himself.
1) Our lives in Christ are not the result of our own ideas or determinations and are rather to be in the way of seeking the will of the Lord.
2) All of us will die (or something similar to it if the Lord comes first), but none can dictate either the time or manner of our departure.
2. In either case, it is unto the Lord
3. The most important consideration here is that we are the Lord’s
1) By the right of creation
2) By the right of continuation
3) By the right of redemption – It is He that has paid the price by sending His only begotten into the world to save His people from their sins and we are not our own – we are bought with a price as is our brother whether he is weak in the faith