Romans

Romans 15:1-6 Edification and Glory-According To The Scriptures.

The goal of life in the Christian community should be to edify others (v. 2 Cf. 14:19; I Cor. 10:24, 33; 14:12). For the strong, this involves bearing with the scruples (weaknesses) of the weak. No one lives to themselves alone, therefore the strong should not only seek to please themselves (v. 1). Christ has given all of us an example to follow, since he came to serve the needs of others (v. 3). The will of the Father was His overriding concern (Ps. 69:9; Mt. 26:39). There is only one standard to live by-the Scriptures. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (v. 4)

The scriptures are the first axiom of all thought and existence. These scriptures give us examples which we may learn from (Cf. I Cor. 10:11). There is no area of thought or life where they do not apply. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Tim. 3:16-17) The scriptures alone are what we in the church are to be “like-minded” about. Only by agreement on the teaching of scripture can we “glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v. 6) Edification to each other, and glory to God, can only be according to the word.

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