Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dealing with opposition

How do we deal with those that don’t see things as we do? 

Scripture tells us that we are to bear the infirmity of those weak (i.e., in knowledge of Pauline doctrine), and not to please ourselves.

Romans 15:1-2
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. [that is, don’t look for your own pleasure in how you deal with them, but...] Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

A person is edified when our motivation stems out of charity (God’s righteousness), and not from the working of our own flesh (our own righteousness). 

Romans 10:3
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

In Israel, meat offered to idols was a huge deal, an abomination in time past.  But now in the dispensation of grace, meat is just meat.  Paul would say if you were around Jewish brethren [those saved, but not built up yet] in the body of Christ and because of his religious bondage (spiritual baggage) that says ‘don’t eat swine’ then don’t eat pork in his presence. He would tell you: When he leaves you presence, eat the bacon, eat the chops, eat the ribs…whatever!  Enjoy it!  You have knowledge that meat is just meat, but he doesn’t; he’s not ready to eat it with a clear conscience.   Paul writes that we all have knowledge…meaning, we know some things from Paul (i.e., his doctrine).   He goes on to tell us, knowledge puffeth up…but, on the opposite edifieth.  (When you see in your King James Bible the ‘…eth’ I always remind you that means "continually.")  

1 Corinthians 8:1-
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Charity is the giving of yourself for someone else’s greater good.  When we find someone that is weak in the knowledge of doctrine given to our Apostle Paul, we are to gently give it to them so that they can grow (aka, be edified).  That is charity; dealing with their infirmities so that you can build them up.  That is the purpose of my ministry—not to put on a show or entertain, but—to edify the saints.  Charity is to stem from a love of God that they, if they receive it, God will work in them building up their inner man.
So, how do you deal with that weaker brother?  By bearing with them, enduring them (1 Corinthians 13:7), and in charity build them up (Ephesians 4:29-31)Knowledge puffeth up. (1 Corinthians 8:11)  Knowledge is good, and Paul wants you to have knowledge, but [because in our flesh, it puffeth up] it has to be tempered with charity. 

When you know someone else, spiritually speaking, give it to them in love and charity.  Whether they receive it or not, that is up to them. 

1 Thessalonians 2:13
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Transcribed and edited excerpt from 119 Our Journey through the Bible.mp3 
Found in Bro Ron Knight’s studies in Romans


No comments:

Post a Comment