Romans 14:17 King James Version
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
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Romans 14:17 Context
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
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Romans 14:17-19 Meaning and Commentary
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The apostle, having finished his exhortations to duties of a moral and civil kind, proceeds to the consideration of things indifferent, about eating some sorts of meats, and keeping days; to which he might be led by the last clause of the preceding chapter, lest that should be interpreted as referring to those who used their Christian liberty in eating every sort of food; in the use of which it was requisite to exercise that love which is the fulfilling of the law, he had so much pressed and recommended in the foregoing chapters. The church at Rome consisted both of Jews and Gentiles: and the former, though they believed in Christ, were not clear about the abrogation of the ceremonial law, and thought they ought still to observe the distinction of meats and days, which were made in it; the latter looked upon themselves under no manner of obligation to regard them; and even among thee Jews, some might have greater light and knowledge in these things than others, and used their Christian liberty, when others could not; and this occasioned great animosities and contentions among them; and some on account of these things were called strong, and others weak: and the chief view of the apostle in this chapter, is to give advice to each party how to behave one towards another; how the strong should behave to the weak, and the weak to the strong: and he begins with the strong, and in general exhorts them to a kind, tender, and affectionate regard to their weaker brethren, and not to perplex their minds with disputations about things to little profit, Ro 14:1 , then a distribution of the members of this church into two parts is made, Ro 14:2 , showing the reason of the above exhortations; the one sort being strong believers, the others weak, the one eating all things, the other herbs; when some advice is given to each, that the strong should not despise the weak, nor the weak judge the strong; for which reasons are given: and the first is taken from the common interest they both have in the affection of God, and in divine adoption, Ro 14:3 , And another is taken from the relation which believers stand in to God, as servants; and therefore not to be judged and condemned, but to be left to their Lord and master, which is illustrated by a simile of such a relation among men, Ro 14:4 , and then another instance of different sentiments about Jewish rites and ceremonies is given, Ro 14:5 , respecting the observation of days, in which also the members of the church were divided, some observing them, and some not; and the apostle's advice is, that every man should act as he was persuaded in his own mind, and not be uneasy with another: the reason for which he gives, Ro 14:6 , because the end proposed by the one, and the other, is the honour and glory of God, and which is the same in the man that eats, or does not eat meat, since both give thanks to God. And this is further confirmed from the general end of the Christian's life and death likewise, which is not to himself, but to the Lord, Ro 14:7,8 , from whence it is concluded, that they are the Lord's in life and death, and all their actions are devoted to him; who by dying, rising, and living again, appears to be the Lord of quick and dead, and will judge both, Ro 14:9 , and therefore to his judgment things should be left, and one should not condemn or despise another, since all must stand at his bar, Ro 14:10 , which is proved Ro 14:11 , from a passage in Isa 45:23 , from all which it is concluded, Ro 14:12 , that an account must be given by everyone to God, at the general judgment; wherefore it is right and best, not to judge and condemn one another, but to judge this to be the most reasonable and agreeable to Christian charity, that care be taken not to offend, or cause a brother to stumble, Ro 14:13 , and whereas it might be objected, that nothing was impure in itself, and therefore might be lawfully eaten, which the apostle allows, and as for himself, was fully persuaded of, yet it was impure to them who thought it so, Ro 14:14 , and therefore should not eat; nor should others, when it gave offence to such persons; and which is dissuaded from, because to eat to the grief of the brethren, is contrary to Christian charity; and because it destroys the peace of such persons, and they are such whom Christ has died for, Ro 14:15 , besides, hereby reproach might be brought upon them, the Gospel they professed, and the truth of Christian liberty they used, Ro 14:16 , and moreover, the kingdom of God did not lie in the use of these things, but in spiritual ones, Ro 14:17 , and which should be chiefly regarded, since the service of God in them, is what is grateful to him, and approved by all good men, Ro 14:18 , wherefore the things which make for peace and edification should be followed after, things much preferable to meats and drinks, Ro 14:19 , for the sake of which the peace of a brother, which is the work of God, should not be destroyed, Ro 14:20 , for though all things are pure in themselves, and lawful to be eaten, yet it is an evil to eat them to the offence of another, and for another to eat them against his conscience, which he may be drawn into by the example of others; wherefore it is best to abstain from eating flesh or drinking wine, and everything else that is stumbling and offensive to a weak brother, Ro 14:21 , and whereas the strong brother might object and say, I have faith in this matter, I believe it is lawful for me to eat anything, and why should I not? the apostle answers, by granting that he had faith, but then he observes, he ought to keep it to himself, and not disturb his weak brother, by putting it into practice openly; but should keep it to himself, it being his happiness not to condemn himself by using his liberty with offence, Ro 14:22 , and then some advice is given to the weak brother, not to eat with a doubting conscience, Ro 14:23 , because in so doing, he would be self-condemned, and because it would not be of faith, and therefore sinful.
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Righteousness, Peace, and Joy
Publish date: 07/30/2023
Foundation Scriptures: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Romans 14:17-18 KJV
a. Jesus declared: My Kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). b. It is a spiritual Kingdom and cannot be inherited by flesh and blood (1 Cor. 15:50). c. The Kingdom of God is not about rituals and/or works program. d. It is not circumcision of the flesh, but circumcision of the heart (Rom. 2:29). e. Salvation—entrance into this Heavenly Kingdom—cannot be earned by human effort. f. It is a free gift that you receive by faith in Jesus Christ, and by obedient submission to His will. g. Galatians 2:16a KJV — Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. h. We have right-standing with God because Jesus paid the price for our sin. i. 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV — For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. j. The righteousness of God is acquired through faith in Jesus Christ, unto all and upon all those that believe—no matter who they are and what they have done (Rom. 3:22). k. Jesus bore our sins on the tree, the cross, so that we, being dead to sins, should now live unto righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24).
2. Righteousness Through Jesus Christ. a. You are righteous because you are washed in His blood, forgiven of sins, and a brand-new creature in Christ. b. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV — Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. c. Because of the Blood of Jesus, we are clothed in robes of righteousness (Job 29:14; Is. 61:10). d. Fine linen, clean and bright, which is the righteousness of the saints (Rev. 19:8). e. Because God’s grace reigns in our lives, we are enabled and empowered to conduct ourselves righteously, do righteous deeds, and enjoy eternal life. f. Romans 5:21 KJV — That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. g. Because we are dead to sin, we are alive unto righteousness; we are freed from sin and have become servants of righteousness (Rom. 6:11; 18). h. Sinners are servants to sin—they belong to the devil and do what he does. i. God’s people are righteous and holy as He is righteous and holy, and they do good works. j. If we know that God is righteous, we know that everyone who is righteous, and does righteous deeds, is born of Him and belongs to Him (1 John 2:29).
3. Walking in Righteousness. a. Imitate your Father and follow and act like Jesus (Eph. 5:1; 3 John 11). b. If you belong to Jesus, we should see the fruits of righteousness in your life. c. Philippians 1:11 KJV — Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. d. Put off the corrupt old carnal sin nature, renew your mind to the Word of God, and put on the new, regenerated nature, which is created in God’s image, and in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:22-24). e. Do not act like the world—godless, prideful, arrogant, lustful, covetous, competitive, angry, jealous, envious, etc. f. Flee, run away from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness (1 Tim. 6:11). g. Ephesians 5:9 KJV — (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth).
4. Kingdom Peace. a. The inhabitants of God’s Kingdom are filled with His peace—peace with God (Rom. 5:1) and peace with one another (Heb. 12:14). b. This peace of God passes all understanding—it is both heart-peace and peace of mind. c. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV — Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. d. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts (Col. 3:15). e. God’s wisdom and righteousness are pure, peaceful, and full of good fruits. f. James 3:17-18 KJV — But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. g. Joy and peace go hand in hand. h. Romans 15:13 KJV — Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. i. Galatians 5:22-23 KJV — But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
5. Kingdom Joy. a. God’s Kingdom and His people are filled with joy and rejoicing because of His presence and His blessings—both temporal and eternal. b. When Philip preached the Gospel in Samaria, the people, in one accord, received his message and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 8:5-8). c. They saw the miracles and healings that God did through him, and the people who were delivered of devils, and there was great joy in that city! d. Acts 13:52 KJV — And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. e. Even amid great opposition and persecution, the Gentiles who accepted the Lord and became disciples of Jesus Christ, were full of joy and the Holy Ghost. f. 1 Thessalonians 1:6 KJV — And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. g. If you trust and obey Him, God is able to help, preserve, and keep you from falling (failing, sinning) and to present you blameless and faultless before the presence of His glory with exceedingly great, triumphant joy and exultation (Jude 24).
Bible Verses about the Holy Spirit
- Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17 freedom Spirit
- Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 faith Spirit hope
- What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 worship Spirit life
- And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. John 14:16 comforter Father pentecost
- But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 comforter Father learning
- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 holiness Spirit church
- And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:3-4 speaking Spirit pentecost
- And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5 hope heart Spirit
- And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 sadness second coming
- And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. Ezekiel 36:27 Spirit law following
- If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13 Spirit prayer family
- And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31 pentecost prayer miracles
- But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 evangelism Spirit strength
- But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:20-21 faith love Jesus
- Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:19-20 evangelism baptism learning
- Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Psalm 143:10 learning Spirit obedience
- For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11 Spirit thoughts understanding
- Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 forgiveness Spirit baptism
- But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. John 15:26 comforter Father Jesus
- The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14 grace blessing God
- And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Acts 5:32 obedience Spirit receiving
- But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Mark 13:11 speaking Spirit worrying
- When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Acts 19:5-6 baptism prophecy
- As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts 13:2 worship fasting Spirit
- For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21 prophecy Spirit speaking
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