Paul's Passion for Unity.
They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and according to the flesh, the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
There are Jewish and Gentile Christians in the Roman local church judging one another with ungodly judgments. They are condemning one another according to opinions, not according to scriptural truth (Romans 14:1-4). The Apostle Paul is showing the Gentile judgers the distinctness of the Jews in Romans 9:4-5.
Look at the distinctness of the Jews:
What is the practical lesson we can learn from this passage of Scripture?
We need to judge people by Scriptural truth, not by externals practiced by faith in God.
In some churches today, people think it is necessary to dress up in formal clothing to go to church, and some people think that any clothing is okay as long as it is modest. The formal people are not to judge the informal people, and the informal people are not to judge the formal people.
Some people observe certain holy days in the church by faith and some people think every day is a holy day and do not celebrate special days. Neither should judge the other if both are acting by faith in Jesus.
Some people abstain from certain foods by faith and some do not abstain by faith. Both are to live together in unity.
Some people like a certain style of music for worship through song and some like another. We are not to judge people according to the style of music that is used by faith in Jesus in a God honoring way.
Are you judging other believers according to opinion?
If you are it hinders the mission of Jesus Christ to reach all peoples with the Gospel of Salvation. Think of the peoples’ relationship with God you are judging and all He has given to them as believers in Christ.
The Lord desires us to live together in the Truth even when we have different opinions how to exercise our faith concerning dress, the Holy days we observe and how we observe them, the food we eat, and music we use to worship. The important thing is that we live by faith (Romans 14:20-23). Let’s not judge according to our opinion but by Scriptural Truth (Is the person sinning? i.e. 1 Corinthians 5:1-5).
Let’s live in unity, not enmity. The eternal lives of many depend on this (John 17:20-21). Let's choose to love one another.
Jesus says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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