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E. In Receiving the Believers
1. According to God's Receiving
1 Now him who is weak in faith receive, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his considerations.
2 One believes that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables.
3 He who eats, let him not despise him who does not eat; and he who does not eat, let him not judge him who eats, for God has received him.
4 Who are you who judge another's household servant? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will be made to stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One judges one day above another; another judges every day alike. Let each be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He who regards that day, regards it to the Lord; and he who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who does not eat, does not eat to the Lord, and he gives thanks to God.
7 For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself;
8 For whether we live, we live to the Lord, and whether we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or we die, we are the Lord's.
9 For Christ died and lived again for this, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
2. In the Light
of the Judgment Seat
10 But you, why do you judge 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 openly confess to God.''
12 So then each one of us will give an account concerning himself to God.
3. In the Principle of Love
13 Therefore let us judge one another no longer, but rather judge this: not to put a stumbling block or cause of falling before your brother.
14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself, except to him who considers something to be unclean; to that man it is unclean.
15 For if because of food your brother is wounded, you no longer walk according to love. Do not destroy by your food that man for whom Christ died.
4. For the Kingdom Life
16 Therefore do not let your good be slandered;
17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
18 For he who serves Christ in this is well pleasing to God and approved by men.
19 So then let us pursue the things of peace and the things for building up one another.
20 Do not break down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but it is evil for a man to eat while stumbling others.
21 It is good not to eat meat nor drink wine nor to do anything by which your brother stumbles.
22 The faith which you have, have to yourself before God. Blessed is he who does not judge himself in what he approves;
23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it is not out of faith; for all that is not out of faith is sin.