The Message in Romans (54)

Avoid the misinterpretation of the Scriptures.

“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teachings you have learned. Keep away from them.”

Romans 16:17, NIV. In Romans 15:1 – 13, and 16:17, Paul applies the principle, he defined in chapter 14, to the interpretation of the Scriptures and the presentation of the gospel. The correct reading, interpretation, and application of the Scriptures are essential to correct the learning and understanding of the gospel. The believers, both the strong and the weak in faith, must study the Scriptures without bias and for the correct reason. The primary reason for Studying the Scriptures is to learn about Christ and to glorify God; therefore, it is the only right reason. The yielded believers, the strong in faith, must not accept and promote a compromise between the teachings of Jesus and the apostles and the traditions of man. Cherished traditions of man are contrary to what God ordained.

The Paul’s principles, about the “strong in faith” bearing patiently with the “weak in faith,” applies to convictions concerning the eating, drinking, and certain men-ordained practices and values. However, concerning the proper interpretation of the Scriptures, to ascribe the glory to God must be the first and the foremost goal. The traditions and preferences by the “weak in faith” must be the last goal. We glorify God by displaying the correct attitude in all matters concerning the gospel as it is in Jesus Christ. There is only one gospel; mainly, the justification and salvation by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, while in the body on the Earth. No one has the right to add, delete, or modify it.

When the “weak in faith” interpret the Scriptures in a way that perverts the gospel as it is in Jesus Christ, the “strong in faith” should not tolerantly accept it for the sake of not offending them. Likewise, the “weak in faith” should not, in the spirit of inferiority, accept the actions and the ways of the “strong in faith” if they contradict and diminish the sufficient, final, and all-inclusive nature of the gospel. All should exercise extreme caution concerning the inviolable principle; mainly, In essentials, unity; in non-essential, liberty; in all things, charity.

Next blog: examples of the deceptive presentation of the Scriptures.

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