Romans 13:8-14:13 – December 16, 2007

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THE BELIEVER’S CONDUCT (verses 8-14) and CONTROVERSIAL PRACTICES (verses 1-13)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) According to verse 8-14, Paul says that believers have fulfilled the law by just obeying the Ten Commandments in our lifetime. Why?

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    The law is fulfilled, according to verse 10 by love one for another.  Several of the Ten Commandments are gone through, but those are in relation of man to man and not man to God, so with the underlying theme that we have gone over of humility in Romans 12, 13, and 14, we see that Paul shows us that we must love one another and put each other first.

Q2) What does verse 11 mean when Paul says, “it is high time to awake out of sleep?”

Discussion)    This means that it is very easy for the Christian in America to get lulled to sleep and conformity to the world by what we see in the media and all around us.  Instead we need to guard our hearts and minds and when something comes up that outrages us, we must be outraged and not have a seared heart.  Droves of people are dying each and every day and going to hell since they do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and we must have this in the forefront of our minds every time we deal with someone.

Q3) Read II Corinthians 6:7, II Corinthians 10:4 and Ephesians 6:11. According to verses 12-14, how does a believer “dress oneself?”

Discussion)    This means that we are to put on every part of the armor of God talked about in Ephesians 6.  Which means that every thought, emotion, act, and everything that comes our way we must take it captive and through the mind of Christ see how Jesus would handle it.  For instance, if someone cuts you off on the road, the flesh would want to commit road rage, yell at the person, etc.  With the mind of Christ and dressing oneself in the armor of God, you would instead pray a blessing over the person and ask that the Lord would show Himself to that person.  That is showing humility, love, and putting that person above your own rights.  It also goes against everything that is in the fleshly man.

Q4) In chapter 14, Paul begins telling us about weaker believers, or those weaker in the faith, and those that debate or disagree with each other on certain matters of our Christian walk. Why are some believers “weaker in faith”, and what should a strong believers conduct be towards those that are weaker in faith?

Discussion)    To the first question, not all of us come from the same backgrounds.  We all come from different backgrounds and that makes our levels of faith different in each person.  With that being said, those that are stronger in the faith need to accept and receive those that are weaker in the faith, not condemn them or make them be where we think that they ought to be.  Remember that when someone is first saved that they are a babe in Christ and maturation is a process not an overnight event.  Just like when we have children, we do not expect a new born to go out and get a job.

Q5) Explain Romans 14:2-6.

Discussion)    We need to remember that when Paul wrote this that Rome had a Christian church and that there were many people that became saved, but they brought their pagan beliefs in to the church and it started to divide the church.  The gist of these verses basically states that no matter what one believes between themselves and God we are not to despise them for it, whether it is in food or one date above another.  For instance, there is a date in December that I hold in esteem, though it is not my favorite date.  It is the day when 13 dear people died in a bus wreck during a wrestling trip when I was a teenager.  I knew all of the people and I witnessed to one of the coaches a week before he died.  Even though this date means nothing to anyone else it has meaning to me and therefore other Christians are not to despise me for it.

Q6) Read I Corinthians 3:10 and II Corinthians 5:10. Where does verse 10 say we all will end up — weaker or stronger believers? And what is this place?

Discussion)    This is the Judgment seat of Christ and this is where are works will be tried by fire.  What we want to concentrate on in this lesson is that you do not answer to any man in the final count, but you answer to Jesus Christ alone.  Therefore do not take what man says as the gospel but take what Jesus says as the Gospel since each and every person will have to answer to Him and Him alone.

LIFE APPLICATION: What is a Christian tells you that he would never eat pork because Jesus never ate pork here on earth or because of family beliefs, etc. What should you think and how should you respond?

Discussion)    Our response should be to not belittle that person but to realize that they must have a downfall with pork therefore I should not eat pork around them.  It might cause their downfall and we will see what God says about that in the next lesson.

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