The Divine Lamp

The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple…Make thy face shine upon thy servant, and teach me thy statutes

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 14:7-9

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 7, 2014

7. For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself.
8. For if we live, we live to the Lord: and if we die, we die to the Lord. Whether we live, therefore, or die, we belong to the Lord.
9. For in this Christ died and rose again, that he may be Lord of dead and living.
10. And thou, why judgest thou thy brother? or thou, why despisest thy brother? For we shall all stand before the tribunal of Christ.
11. For it is written: I live, saith the Lord, because to me every knee shall bow: and every tongue confess to God.
12. Therefore every one of us will give account of himself to God

7-9. Christ died and rose again. The Greek text and the Syriac add: and lived again. Christ was Lord of all from the first moment of his conception, but he entered upon the exercise of this dominion and authority by his death and resurrection (See Rom 1:4). One recalls Matt 28:18~”All power is given to me.” He died and rose, to be Lord of all men, dead and living. Servants do not belong to themselves but to their Lord, and our life and death are not our own but his.

10. Why judgest thou thy brother? Why do you, the Jew, condemn the Gentile for his liberty? Why do uou, the Gentile, despise the Jew who eats not, from scruple of conscience, and, because he does not, as yet, fully understand the freedom which Christ has given to you both? You are anticipating the sentence of the Judge before whom we must all one day stand.

11-12. As it is written: Is 45:23, 24. I have sworn by myself. The word of justice shall go forth from my mouth, and shall not return. Because to me every knee shall bend, and every tongue shall swear. Every man shall give account to God for himself : but not for another. Whether he has rendered what he has received, and glorified God in proportion to the degree of knowledge permitted him.


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