The believer’s responsibility.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.” Romans 14:1, NIV. Paul continues the theme from chapters 12 and 13 to convince the believers in Rome that Jesus’ command, “Love one another as I have loved you” must be the supreme principle regulating the personal relationships among the members of the body of Christ – the Church. A careful reading of Paul’s instructions reveals a set of essential rules which must shape the attitude of the members of the body of Christ, mainly:
1. In what is essential that is, the gospel and the foundation of the Church, there must be unity among all members of the body of Christ. Jesus Christ has one body; not many.
2. In non-essential that is, a group or denomination-specific teachings and doctrines, members of the body of Christ must practice liberty and tolerance.
3. However, in all things; the universal principle of selfless love must be the guiding principle always.
The foundation of the body of Christ, the Church, is the Twelve Apostles, with Jesus Christ the corner-stone. The foundation of Christian faith is Jesus Christ, and He only! The foundation of our faith is: Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha, saved us from: the guilt for sin, the power of sin – the evil force, and the eternal punishment for sin-the eternal death. God, in Jesus Christ, gave us the new and irrevocable standing as justified by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, therefore, righteous in His eyes. This standing becomes our personal daily experience when we trust or believe in, Jesus Christ – the Savior of the world. The irrevocable benefits we have in the foundation could neither be earned nor obtained by any a means relative to our conduct and efforts. The permanent benefits of the foundation are the unmerited gift from God to His enemies, the sinners. In this indisputable foundation, the members of the body of Christ must practice a lasting and unshakable unity. Christ, the foundation of our faith expects nothing less.
Continued in the next blog.