Ligonier Bible Study

Clean and Unclean

Clean and Unclean

Romans 14:13-14, “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for...

The Judgment of God in Christ

The Judgment of God in Christ

Romans 14:10-12, “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess[a]...

Lord of the Dead and the Living

Lord of the Dead and the Living

Romans 14:9, “ For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” Belonging to Christ has been Paul's emphasis in Romans 14:7-8, and he continues that theme in today's passage when he grounds Christ's ownership of...

Living and Dying to the Lord

Living and Dying to the Lord

Romans 14:7-9, “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again,...

Honoring the Lord

Honoring the Lord

Romans 14:5-6, “One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord,...

Partaking and Abstaining

Partaking and Abstaining

Romans 14:2-4, “One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to...

The Weak in Faith

The Weak in Faith

Romans 14:1, “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” Romans 14 deals with an important issue for Christians as they live in community with one another. There are always some differences of understanding between Christians,...

Christian Liberty

Christian Liberty

Continuing the practical application of the gospel that he began to unfold in Romans 12, Paul moves on to describe the Christian’s relationship to the civil magistrate and the truth that believers will fulfill the Law through love by the power of the Holy Spirit...

Salvation Draws Near

Salvation Draws Near

Romans 13:11, “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” We fulfill the law of God through our love of Him and our neighbor (Rom. 13:8-10), but Paul is clear that...

Fulfilling the Law

Fulfilling the Law

Romans 13:8-10, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment,...

Paying Our Taxes

Paying Our Taxes

Romans 13:6-7, “For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to...

Submission for Conscience’s Sake

Submission for Conscience’s Sake

Romans 13:5, “Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” The New Testament emphatically states that Christians are not of this world, that we do not belong to a kingdom that operates by the fallen standards...

God’s Servant for Our Good

God’s Servant for Our Good

Romans 13:3-4, “For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he...

The Christian and the Government

The Christian and the Government

Romans 13:1-2, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will...

Overcoming Evil with Good

Overcoming Evil with Good

Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Commentators on the book of Romans have pointed out the many conceptual similarities between Romans 12:14-21 and the teaching of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5:38-48, for example,...