According to Christ Jesus

Romans 15:1-7 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. 

‘We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.’ The strong and enlightened ones must tolerate and bear with the weaker and less enlightened brethren until they, too, become strong in faith and knowledge (15:1-3).

‘Reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me’ – this is the 14th Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in Romans (15:3; Ps. 69:9).

‘For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.’ This refers to the whole Old Testament Scriptures (1Cor. 10:1-11; 2Tim. 2:15; 3:15-16; John 5:39; Luke 24:44; etc.).

‘Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.’ It is only by accepting and agreeing with what is written that people can be like-minded (15:4-7). If saints would learn to leave off all doubtful disputations (14:1), become unified on the point of not judging each other regarding things not written and agree on the things that are written, there would be perfect unity in doctrine. Then Romans 15:4-7 would be literally fulfilled.

‘As Christ also received us to the glory of God.’ Christians are to receive each other in spite of their faults and scruples, as Christ has received them.

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