THEREFORE WHETHER WE LIVE OR DIE WE ARE THE LORD’S: Romans 14
Pastor Charles and Richard Lemaster
John MacArthur – The last phrase of Ro 14:8 is one of the greatest injunctions to holy living in all the Bible: “We are the Lord’s.” Every Christian is subject to the unconditional sovereignty of God. We are the Lord’s–we are His possession. First Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Know ye not that … ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price.” I’m not my own, so I don’t live to myself and I don’t die to myself. I am His, so I live to Him and I’ll die to Him. All believers have the same relationship to the Lord; we all serve the sovereign Lord we have embraced as our Redeemer. If we’re weak and we limit ourselves to living a certain way, we do so because we believe we are pleasing Him. If we enjoy our freedom in Christ, we do so because we believe we are pleasing Him. Since those are matters of preference and not sin, let’s not cause a rift in the church over them…. Some would have us believe that weak believers accept Jesus as their Savior, but not as their Lord. He may not yet understand all that his new life in Christ means, but he understands the basics of the Christian life–and nothing is more basic than the lordship of Christ in the believer’s life. No one can tell me that I can have Jesus as Savior but not as Lord. In all the years I’ve known Christ, there has never been a time when I didn’t sense a tremendous weight of responsibility to obey Him. Jesus is Lord. (Receiving One Another with Understanding, Part 2)
“None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord: and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live, therefore, or die, we are in the Lord’s.”–Ro 14:7-8.
Spurgeon’s devotional from Morning and Evening (June 10 AM) –
If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, though he has but just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process, and we shall not be perfected till we lay aside our bodies and enter within the veil; but nevertheless, had the Lord so willed it, he might have changed us from imperfection to perfection, and have taken us to heaven at once. Why then are we here? Would God keep his children out of paradise a single moment longer than was necessary? Why is the army of the living God still on the battle-field when one charge might give them the victory? Why are his children still wandering hither and thither through a maze, when a solitary word from his lips would bring them into the centre of their hopes in heaven? The answer is—they are here that they may “live unto the Lord,” and may bring others to know his love. We remain on earth as sowers to scatter good seed; as ploughmen to break up the fallow ground; as heralds publishing salvation. We are here as the “salt of the earth,” to be a blessing to the world. We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for him, and as “workers together with him.” Let us see that our life answereth its end. Let us live earnest, useful, holy lives, to “the praise of the glory of his grace.” Meanwhile we long to be with him, and daily sing—
Paul is “not talking about funerals, and life and death in that sense. He is talking about those who feel free to enjoy liberty to the fullest. They are living, while others, because of deep convictions of their own, limit themselves, and to that degree they are dying, because death is limitation The important thing is that we belong to the Lord. He understands.” That, therefore, is what we ought to remember in our relationships with one another. We belong to the Lord. We are brothers and sisters. We are not servants of each other. We are servants of the Lord and he has the right to change us.”