Condemneth not himself - Whose conscience does not reprove him. In particular, he should not run the risk of injuring a brother’s conscience, merely for the sake of exercising in a special way the spiritual freedom which he has the happiness to possess—whether he exercises it in that way or not. This faith in one’s liberty sees all things as clean with a clear perspective on grace. Oh, what a blessed state of mind that is! The utmost possible caution, therefore, should be used on this head. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". It is important to note that the word “happy” does not carry the same sense in the Greek as it does in the English. ].” Not that it waits for the execution of an act: it testifies beforehand respecting the quality of the act proposed; and operates as a stimulus, if the act be good; or as a check, if it be evil. do you believe that the ceremonial law is abolished, and that it is right for you to eat all kinds of food? BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. BibliographySimeon, Charles. And if it be but a mote in the eye, let conscience never cease to weep, till it has wept it out. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/romans-14.html. ἐν ἐκείνῳ ὃ δοκ. Chapter 5. Rev., better, judgeth. The best texts insert ἣν which“The faith which thou hast have thou to thyself,” etc. Liberty for self and liberty for others are two different things. 5. 1835. “Well, no,” said the fellow. ], a source of unutterable joy. An EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Romans. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/romans-14.html. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. Even the man who has the too scrupulous conscience had better, in such matters as are in question, obey its erroneous dictates than violate this moral feeling, and live only to condemn the actions he is constantly performing. He, therefore, here says, ‘Hast thou faith? Whatever be the life which they have chosen for themselves, they walk in it without much thought, or any remorse. Romans 14:22. Translator's Preface. The verse is still addressed to the strong. Had he studied the Scriptures with more humility of mind, and sought instruction from God, he would have been kept from the fatal errors into which he fell. ‘Thou hast faith, thou mayest say; well, have it, I do not call upon thee to renounce it.' In that which he alloweth - Which he “approves,” or which he “does.” Who has a clear conscience in his opinions and conduct. 1865-1868. Have thou to thyself before God (συκατα σεαυτον εχε ενωπιον του τεου — su̇̇kata seauton eche enōpion tou theou). ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ reminds the strong once more (Romans 14:10) that the fullest freedom must be balanced by the fullest sense of responsibility to God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 1832. That is, blessed is the man that has a good conscience; who does not allow himself to do what he secretly condemns. Blessed is he that condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth. Hast thou faith?— There is no necessity for reading the first clause interrogatively; and it seems more agreeable to the structure of the Greek;—Thou hast faith: as if he had said, "I own you have a right persuasion." Εχω have, has frequently this emphatical signification. The faith which then hast, etc. Without this caution, hisdiscourse would have been imperfect, and not well guarded. Who, in settled conviction of the rightness of his action, subjects himself to no self-judgment after it. He has no cause for condemning himself in this matter. To act first, and afterwards make inquiries, is almost a certain way to involve ourselves in guilt [Note: Proverbs 20:25.]. I wish that I had the benefit of the next two chapters now, and going forward, but I … Tu fidem habes? "Family Bible New Testament". 1765. As Denny observed: Happy is he that judgeth not himself in that which he approveth ... is rendered in some of the ancient manuscripts as "Happy is he that judgeth not himself in that which he putteth to the test," the same suggesting that the idea here is, "Happy is the man who does not condemn himself by overriding his own conscience to test things he inwardly believes to be wrong." BibliographyCalvin, John. ], [We should not go on blindfold, but should endeavour to see our way clear before we enter upon any course of action. have it to thyself before God. No standard should be referred to, but that which God himself will approve; and according to his written word should every sentiment and every act be tried. Chapter 3. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth; or "approves of"; that is, it is well for that man who observes no difference of meats, if either he does not act contrary to his own conscience, and so condemns himself in what he allows himself in; or exposes himself to the censure, judgment, and condemnation of others, in doing that which he approves of as lawful, and is so, but unlawful when done to the offence of others: some understand this as spoken to the weak believer, signifying that he is in the right, who, through example, and the force of the sensual appetite, is not prevailed upon to allow himself to eat, contrary to his own conscience, and whereby he would be self-condemned; but as the strong believer is addressed in the beginning of the verse, I choose to think he is intended in this part of it; and the rather, because the weak believer is taken notice of in the next verse, with a peculiar view to this very thing. This mature person does not trust his own judgment in what he values but goes to God’s Word for judgment about these things. Those whose consciences are weak and troubled—, [If your minds be troubled, see whether there be not just occasion for them so to be: and when you have found out the accursed thing, put it away from you with abhorrence, and implore mercy at the hands of God for your sin in having ever indulged it. 1863-1878. To this he answereth, that if a man hath such a faith or persuasion, he should not unseasonably discover it to the offence of his brother, but rather conceal it. Robert Stamey on October 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm Dr. Richison, Thank you for you work on Romans! BibliographyHaldane, Robert. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/romans-14.html. Part of The Bible Teaching Commentary on the Book of Romans. Those who possess not the knowledge of God’s revealed will have yet some principles of action, which they regard as binding, and in accordance with which the voice of conscience speaks. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". p. 714. 22. BibliographyBurkitt, William. "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". Chapter 16. Happy [blessed] is he who does not condemn himself. Happy is he that condemneth not himself — By an improper use of even innocent things! The lovers of pleasure, the votaries of gain, the formal religionist, all conceive their respective lines to be, on the whole, such as they are at liberty to follow, and such as shall issue well in the end. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Romans 14:22". 1. 1871-8. This is the view which the Scripture gives of conscience: “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly [Note: Proverbs 20:27. 1851. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". and happy he who is free from a doubting conscience! God sees your sincerity; he sees that you are right; and you will not offend him. See on 1 Peter 1:7. But he is not to intrude it upon his weak brother. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Romans 14:22. by Grant | May 31, 2014 | Romans | 0 comments. ‘Before God,’—because He is the object of faith: hardly, as Erasm., “comprimens inanem gloriam quæ solet esse comes scientiæ,”—for there is no trace of a depreciation of the strong in faith in the chapter,—only a caution as to their conduct in regard of their weaker brethren. The apostle answers, "Hast thou more knowledge than he, to believe those things to be lawful, which he apprehends to be sinful? The idea in this phrase is, “Don’t parade your view on the subject of grace but keep it between yourself and God.” The mature is not to insist that the immature believer change his scruples until he reaches a stage of maturity. 1832. In order to answer our question let’s briefly notice what the Roman letter is about. which he openly alloweth or practiseth: such a one is happy in this respect, because he is free from those terrors that torment those who act against their consciences. Charles Schribner's Sons. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth; an excellent aphorism respecting all, especially the stronger and more knowing Christian: the sense is: He is a happy man, that, when he knoweth a thing to be lawful, he doth so manage the practice of it, that he hath therein no reason to accuse or condemn himself: or else, that doth not inwardly condemn himself, for doing that against his conscience. We should maintain a godly jealousy over ourselves, lest “Satan beguile us,” or our own heart deceive us. Scripture: Romans 14:1–6. St. Paul, when he persecuted the saints, supposed that in so doing he was discharging a duty to God; for “he thought that he ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus.” Doubtless in this he sinned: but his sin consisted, not in following the dictates of his own conscience, but in having his conscience so ill-informed. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves." Paul offered a personal question to mature believers about confidence in their faith in the liberty of grace. It were better to forbear any gratification whatever, than, by indulging yourselves in it, to make it an occasion of offence to any [Note: 1 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Corinthians 8:13.]. This fact he states in the form of a universal proposition, as applicable not only to “this” case, but to “all” cases; compare 1 John 3:21. I have been helped and enriched by your work! BibliographyTrapp, John. Be thankful for it: and, at the same time, be washing your very best actions, no less than those which are more faulty, in the fountain of your Redeemer’s blood: for, if He “bear not the iniquity of your holy things [Note: Exodus 28:38. Chapter 10. Bible commentary on the Book of Romans, chapter 14, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. Romans 15:14-17. "There is no necessity," says he, " for reading the first clause interrogatively; and it seems to be more agreeable to the structure of the Greek to render it, Thou hast faith; as if he had said: 'I own thou hast a right persuasion.' The strong believer can be happy in his private enjoyment of amoral practices because he knows that he is neither violating the will of God nor the conscience of a weak brother. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hal/romans-14.html. Otherwise he will in the end have to pass judgment on himself for his action. (22) Hast thou faith?—It is with some reluctance that in deference to the union of the four best MSS. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". Your email address will not be published. Have it to thyself, ( κατὰ σεαυτὸν ἔχε,) keep it to yourself. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". Have it to yourself before God. Hast thou faith? Paul presents in this verse, more distinctly than he had before done, the idea that he required no concession of principle or renunciation of truth. The stronger Christian might be ready to say, as it is in Romans 14:14: I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; I firmly believe, that now, under the gospel, all meats are lawful, and that I have liberty to use or eat what I please; and is it not fit that my practice should be agreeable to my belief, that I should act according to my judgment? Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". xxvi. 1685. Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae. It is to be cherished in our hearts, and used in a manner acceptable to God. ],” and the testimony of conscience be in perfect accordance with the mind of God. Commentary on Romans by John Calvin, 1509-1564. Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. Before God - Where God only is the witness. μακάριος κ.τ.λ. John Piper Mar 14, 1982 27 Shares Sermon. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans. Mr. Macknight does not seem justifiable in representing the word translated have as a command to hold fast this faith. It is not given to instruct us in any thing new, but to regulate us according to some fixed principles in the mind. — It is of no importance whether we read this as a question, with our version, or as a declaration of a known fact. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. Hom. And happy is it for the Christian when his just views are not acted on in such a manner as to stumble others. I mean that I myself really do, in the depths of my new regenerate man (cf. We may hold many opinions, but we may not force them on others. Nor does this testimony refer to their actions merely, but to their motives also: respecting which, none but themselves can form any correct judgment. The authority for ‘which’ is decisive, and this reading gives the above rendering, which does not alter the purport of the verse. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Whatever we approve of should not have a shadow cast upon it by it being something that we would judge as wrong if we thought about it. The faith he has is the enlightened faith which enables him to see that all things are clean; such faith does not lose its value though it is not flaunted in reckless action. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". 1897. Table of Contents. He does not take the penalty that Jesus took on the cross, because that would rob Jesus of what He did. Scripture Romans 14 Sort Bible Verse. To do what we secretly condemn is to violate our norms of behavior. « Romans 14:22. Romans 15:3.— ἔχε, have) The foundation of real prudence and judicious concealment [of our views on non-essentials, for the sake of our neighbour].— μακάριος, happy) These words down to the end of the chapter, contain the antithesis to ch. By asserting the mature viewpoint, they might retard development toward an edification construct (maturity) of the immature believer. Hast thou faith? "Commentary on Romans 14:22". In chapter 12 the language changes and from a discussion of “doctrinal” themes Paul moves to a consideration of some “practical” matters. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". But art thou by faith persuaded in mind and conscience, that to eat meats formerly forbidden, in now lawful, have it within thyself, remain in this faith and conscience, but make it not appear, when it is prejudicial to thy weak brother. 4, 5.]. 14:21 This is a word to "the strong brothers." "Commentary on Romans 14:22". I mean that the term “inner being” (esō anthrōpon) is Paul’s way of saying, “I don’t mean this hypocritically, or superficially, or Pharisaically. 1897-1910. To make conscience a pretext for doing a thing to which we are previously inclined, is indeed a horrible delusion; and not less common than it is hateful. Paul previously used the term “blessed” in 4:7 for a person whose conscience is clear before God. A blessed person has a well-oriented soul to God; that is, he is prosperous toward God. Your email address will not be published. Hast thou faith? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/romans-14.html. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/romans-14.html. Happy is he; who does not allow himself in things which his conscience condemns, or the propriety of which he doubts. Chrys., who does not read the last words ( ἐν. BibliographyGill, John. 1887. Hast thou faith? Mar 14, 1982. Have it to thyself before God; it is not necessary to parade it before men. ‘Happy is he does not judge himself in what he approves.’ This is a general principle which holds good in all circumstances. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves." Before God, i.e. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". we give up the Received text here, and substitute (by the insertion of the relative) “The faith which thou hast, have to thyself before God,” i.e., reserve the exhibition of it to the privacy of your own direct communion with God, and do not display it ostentatiously in public where it may do harm. 2012. Commentary on Romans 8:22-27 View Bible Text . have it to thyself before God, Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, ἀλλὰ τὴν περὶ τῆς προκειμένης ὑποθέσεως λέγει, ἐκείνη μὲν γὰρ μὴ ὁμολογουμένη καταστρέφει, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Romans 14:22. upon which St. John Chrysostom, Greek: om ks. A mature Christian possesses a reservoir of truth that he can apply to experience. Hast thou faith? "E.W. "The Bible Study New Testament". before God — a most important clause. We ought, then, [We have before observed, that conscience prescribes no rule to us, but only gives its testimony according to a rule which has previously existed in the mind. Paul was still addressing the strong Christian in this verse. The strong Christian has inner liberty and prosperity of soul to do those things of which he approves. Christian practice ought to be out of the sphere of morbid introspection. But they can have “no doubt” about the propriety of abstaining from them. He that has this may allow the thing, yet condemn himself for it. Commentary on Romans 14:19-23 (Read Romans 14:19-23) Many wish for peace, and talk loudly for it, who do not follow the things that make for peace. Chapter 13. makarios. The proper office of conscience is admonition. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". But I must remind all such persons, that there is a future judgment; and that God will judge, not by the laws which men establish for themselves, but by the law which he himself has given in his written word. Paul said in effect, “Don’t run roughshod over the weak faith of immature Christians.” We should condition our liberty by love and deference toward immature Christians. ἐν ᾧ δοκιμάζει. 15 sWewhoarestrongthaveanobligationtobearwiththefailingsoftheweak,andnottopleaseourselves.2 uLet… (Romans 14:22b NIV) If you have really based it on that, then your action will be one in which your conscience is free. Have it to yourself before God. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. Justification by faith is the theme (1:16-17) and through chapter 11 this subject is developed. 1878. 1870. Happy. Romans 14:17–18. Hast thou faith? Title Page. By faith here seems clearly to be understood the faith of which Paul had been speaking in the context; a faith which some Christians had, and others had not, viz., a firm belief "that there is nothing (no meat) unclean of itself." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/romans-14.html. If a man's passions or appetite allow or instigate him to a particular thing, let him take good heed that his conscience approve what his passions allow, and that he live not the subject of continual self-condemnation and reproach. in the sight of God. It is also plainly evident how strangely perverted is this passage by some, who hence conclude, that it is not material how devoted any one may be to the observance of foolish and superstitious ceremonies, provided the conscience remains pure before God. Romans 14:22. Perhaps a single inquiry would settle all debate in regard to these things: “Did anyone ever become a slave-dealer, or a dealer in ardent spirits, or go to the theater, for engage in scenes of splendid amusements, with any belief that he was imitating the Lord Jesus Christ, or with any desire to honor him or his religion?” But one answer would be given to this question; and in view of it, how striking is the remark of Paul, “Happy is he that condemneth not himself in what he alloweth.”. That is the prosperity of a soul oriented to grace. (i.e., a firm persuasion, e.g., of the lawfulness of all kinds of meat) it is well, do not renounce it, but retain it and use it piously, as in the sight of God.' See Matthew 25:29, etc.". But, “if our eye be single, then will our whole body be full of light [Note: Matthew 6:22-23. So Rev. Romans 14:22. πίστιν, faith) concerning the cleanness of meat [all meats alike].— σεαυτὸν,— θεοῦ, thyself—of God) a double antithesis, in relation to our neighbour; as in ch. This is a commendation of the position of the strong brother: keep this faith because it is well founded, but keep it to thyself, when it might injure the weak brother. ].”], 1. On κατὰ σεαυτὸν Wetstein quotes Heliod. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. The authority for ‘which’ is decisive, and this reading gives the above rendering, which does not alter the purport of the verse. p. 209. Dedication to Simon Grynaeus. Greek. The word is literally blessed. ]:” and the office of conscience is, to testify, when they fulfil, and when they violate, this law. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ges/romans-14.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/romans-14.html. Of course, this is not to be over-pressed, as if it were wrong to discuss such points at all with our weaker brethren. It is not mere sincerity, or a private opinion, of which the apostle speaks; it is conviction as to what is the truth and will of God. * Whatever is not from faith is sin: Paul does not mean that all the actions of unbelievers are sinful. Instead of to thyself, the Greek would be more properly rendered with respect to,—as pertaining to; that is, "so far as it concerns yourself, hold it in the sight of God." Men have a duty towards their minds generally, to cultivate them and improve them in knowledge, and to fit them for the better discharge of all the functions of life. Mature Christians put everything they do before God for His approval. Paul indeed intended nothing less, as the context clearly shows; for ceremonies are appointed for the worship of God, and they are also a part of our confession: they then who tear off faith from confession, take away from the sun its own heat. ]: but, till that deliverance come, take my text for your guide: “Happy is he who condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” “If once you make sacrifice of a good conscience, you are in the way to make an utter shipwreck of your faith [Note: 1 Timothy 1:19. This person does not live on scruples of legalism but has reached prosperity in understanding the grace principle. That would also be a denial of grace. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” Paul is repeating here what he stated in Ro 14:5b, “Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.” Again, he is not talking about matters where the Bible gives clear moral commands. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". Happy is he that judgeth not himself in that which he approveth ... John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Hast thou faith? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/romans-14.html. But, on the other hand, to do any thing without a careful inquiry into the quality of the action proposed, is presumptuous in the extreme, and shews that we have not really the fear of God before our eyes. Do you believe that it is right to eat all kinds of food, etc. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Those who enjoy the testimony of a good conscience—, [This is a most exalted privilege, and, whether in life [Note: 2 Corinthians 1:12.] BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". Romans 7:14-22 New International Version (NIV) 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. And I myself am persuaded of you — The apology which the apostle here offers for writing to a church with which he was not personally acquainted was the more necessary, because, in his letter, he had opposed some of their strongest prejudices, and had rebuked them for certain irregularities in their conduct. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/romans-14.html. Paul evidently wrote this verse with the strong in view primarily (cf. How to Welcome a Weak Brother. Chapter 12. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. With μακάριος begins the closing and general sentence of the Apostle with regard to both: it is a blessed thing to have no scruples (the strong in faith is in a situation to be envied) about things in which we allow ourselves (Olsh. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. He is accountable to God for his faith in this matter as well as in all others. Grace living carries a condition to limit our liberty in love. It is then presented in the form of an objection, which a Gentile convert might be disposed to make to the direction of the apostle to accommodate his conduct to the scruples of others. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". have it to thyself before God. If a man have not peace in his own bosom, he cannot be happy; and no man can have peace who sins against his conscience. All legalistic beliefs are in some sense a denial of the grace principle. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/romans-14.html. 23. Many people are engaged in “business” about which they have many doubts; many Christians are in doubt about certain courses of life. Chapter 11. Greek. "Commentary on Romans 14:22". Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Designed by Elegant Themes https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/romans-14.html. Romans 14:13-23 Love's Greater Call is part of the last section of Romans, Romans 12-16 where God's people are in various situations exhorted to love one another. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". BibliographyPett, Peter. But the way to be happy is to have a “clear conscience” in what we do; or in other words, if we have “doubts” about a course of conduct, it is not safe to indulge in that course, but it should be at once abandoned. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. Chapter 6. Hast thou faith? 22.] "Commentary on Romans 14:22". (434). In context the first option seems best but the ambiguity may be purposeful and refer to both, as does Rom. This is a most excellent maxim, and every genuine Christian should be careful to try every part of his conduct by it. [17] James Denny, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. Its influence indeed is, for the most part, proportioned to the desire which a man feels to be governed by it: if a man disregard its motions, it may be reduced to utter silence: but if he desire to act agreeably to its dictates, it will be a most kind and faithful monitor on all occasions. Hast thou faith — That all things are pure? Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. ].”], [Conscience may easily be warped, yea, and silenced too; so that it shall give no testimony whatever, till it is awaked by some flagrant enormity, or by some peculiar occurrence. Such Christians as have different sentiments from their brethren, as to the matters of indifferent things especially, ought to keep their judgment and opinion to themselves, and not to hazard the peace of the church by an imprudent publication: Hast thou faith? -(Commentary on Romans, R. L. 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