The Message in Romans (52)

The responsibility of the believers continued.

 “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands and falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4, NIV. Tthe unity concerning the essential, the foundation does not require the unanimity among the members of the body of Christ. Our individual experiences relative to the fulfillment of our commission by Jesus Christ to be the living witnesses for Him will vary from one member to another. However, we must understand that the fulfillment of our commission does not contribute anything to our salvation; it testifies to it. Only the yielded believers, the sinners justified by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, could fulfill the commission by Jesus Christ in a manner pleasing to Him and the Father. Our salvation and our new standing in Jesus Christ must always be visible.

The members of the body of Christ should never present their convictions, beliefs, and preferences as a universal rule. Meticulous adherence to a Church -specific doctrines, teachings, and standards of conduct are not proof of the personal conversion, and a spirit guided assent to the truth. The most significant sign of a proper transformation, acceptable to the Father, is the visible adherence to the universal principle of selfless love. We must keep in mind that a less than perfect adherence to the “non-essential” does not constitute a sin. The strict adherence to the non-essential, when imposed on the members of the body of Christ is a sin. Whatever we do to the servants of Jesus Christ we do it to Him as well. (Mathew 25:40 and Mathew 10:40).

Practices related to ones’ personal beliefs and preferences must remain a private matter always! “For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.” Romans 14:7, 8, NIV. Members of the body of Christ must meticulously adhere to the rule: “In all things charity.”

Continued in the next blog.

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Dan Lazich

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