E. In Receiving the Believers
1. According to God's Receiving
1 1Now him who is aweak in faith 2breceive, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his 3considerations.
2 One believes that he may eat all things, but he who is weak aeats vegetables.
3 He who eats, let him 1not despise him who does not eat; and he who does not eat, let him 1not judge him who eats, for 2God 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 aday above another; another judges every day alike. Let each be fully bpersuaded in his own mind.
6 He who regards that day, regards it to the Lord; and he who eats, aeats to the Lord, for he gives bthanks 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 alives to himself, and none dies to himself;
8 For whether we live, we alive to the Lord, and whether we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or we die, we are the bLord's.
9 For Christ adied and lived again for this, that He might be bLord 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 1ajudgment seat of God,
11 For it is written, a"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 agive an account concerning himself to God.
3. In the Principle of Love
13 Therefore let us ajudge one another no longer, but rather judge this: bnot 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 anothing 1unclean of itself, except to him who considers something to be 1unclean; to that man it is 1unclean.
15 For if because of food your brother is 1wounded, you no longer awalk according to love. Do not bdestroy by your food that man for whom Christ died.
4. For the Kingdom Life
16 Therefore do not let your agood be slandered;
17 For the 1akingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but 2brighteousness and cpeace and djoy in the Holy Spirit.
18 For he who 1aserves Christ in this is well pleasing to God and approved by men.
19 So then let us 1apursue the things of peace and the things for bbuilding up one another.
20 Do not abreak down the 1work of God for the sake of food. bAll things indeed are clean, but it is evil for a man to eat while cstumbling others.
21 It is good anot 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 adoubts is condemned if he eats, because it is not out of faith; for all that is not out of faith is sin.
5. According to Christ
1 But we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those who are aweak and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each of us please his neighbor with a view to what is good for abuilding up.
3 For Christ also did not please Himself, but as it is written, a"The reproaches of those who reproached You fell upon Me.''
4 For the things that were awritten previously were written for our instruction, in order that through endurance and through the 1encouragement of the Scriptures we might have bhope.
5 Now the aGod of endurance and encouragement grant you to be of the bsame mind toward one another according to 1cChrist Jesus,
6 That 1with aone accord you may with bone mouth cglorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Therefore areceive one another, as 1Christ also received you to the glory of God.
8 For I say that Christ has become a 1servant of the circumcision for the sake of God's 2atruthfulness, to confirm the bpromises given to the fathers,
9 And that the Gentiles should glorify God for His amercy, as it is written, b"Therefore I will 1extol You among the Gentiles, and I will sing praise to Your name.''
10 And again he says, a"Rejoice, Gentiles, with His people.''
11 And again, a"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples speak praise to Him.''
12 And again, Isaiah says, a"There shall be the 1broot of Jesse, even He who rises to rule the Gentiles; con Him will the Gentiles hope.''
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and apeace in believing, that you may abound in bhope in the cpower of the Holy Spirit.