Sermon Notes: January 21, 2018
Romans 14:10-15 – Pastor Shawn Merithew
We Will All Give An Account To God
“10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”- Romans 14:10-12
- The theme of this chapter may sound trivial relative to the other foundational chapters
- However, revealed in our judgment on matters of Christian liberty is our understanding of key doctrines such as justification and final judgement.
- The Bema Seat: Where believers will give an account of their lives to Christ. Different from the White Throne judgement in Revelation.
- “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
- Every person, without exception, will stand before the Judge of the Universe.
- Every person, without exception, will bow before and acknowledge the authority of Christ as King and Judge over all.
- How should this affect us?
- We should look to Christ and remember that we must give an account.
- We run to Christ knowing that Christ has covered, with grace, all who must give an account to him.
- When we interact with one another we should care about and regard this reality for their sake.
Therefore, Be Not A Stumbling Block
“13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.” – Romans 14:13-14
- We are free in Christ and we know that nothing is “unclean,” or defiled by sin, in and of itself.
- Sin comes from the heart of man.
- If a believer thinks that a particular act is wrong, it would be a sin for that believer to partake in that action.
- It indicates that our contentment in God is faltering. – Piper
- We’re commanded not to lead anyone into either deliberate sin, or into any action that they believe to be wrong.
- This is an abuse of our maturity and liberty in the faith. We become a stumbling block.
- We don’t know other people’s past experiences or what actions or things tempt them to deliberately sin. When we cause them to neglect that conviction of conscience, we are leading them astray.
And Walk In Accordance With Love
“For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.” – Romans 14:15
- We have to value the glory of the Lord in the lives of our brothers more than our liberty.
- We want our brothers and sisters to grow in maturity, but we can’t put the cart before the horse.
- We cannot put growth and maturity before love.
- We must love the way our brother or sister seeks to guard their heart for Christ more than we love our liberty.
- Love is sacrificial
- How can anyone be destroyed if Christ has died for them (i.e. perseverance of the saints)?
- It has to do with the means by which God saves people.
- God uses the means of love and exhortation within the Body to preserve brothers and sisters for heaven.
- The cross not only purchases the faith of the weak, if also purchases the faithfulness of the strong.
- Prove by your faithful love for your brother that Christ did, in fact, die for them on the cross.
- Strength and maturity are given by God, not so you can be a liberty loving leader at the top of the heap, but so that you can sacrifice that liberty for the help and encouragement for those at the bottom.
- If we fail to love and value our liberty above the faith of our brother we may end up proving that both the weaker brother and you yourself were never in the faith at all.S