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The Weak, The Strong, And The Arrogant

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The Weak, The Strong, And The Arrogant

Noel Heikkinen

Colossians 2:16-23

As Christians, we find ourselves in three categories when it comes to open-handed beliefs: the weaker brother, the stronger brother, and the arrogant brother. The weaker is unsure of their conviction and belief, and can be swayed in a number of directions. The strong brother is sure of their convictions, but is willing to let each person decide for themselves. The arrogant brother is sure in their beliefs, and will argue to convince others of their rightness, and will not allow for differences of opinions. We all fall into these different categories at different times in our lives, but we should strive to be the stronger brother.

Colossians 2:16-23

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Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.

Colossians 2:16


I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable…Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ.

Colossians 2:4,8


Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.

Colossians 2:16


These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is Christ.

Colossians 2:17


Let no one condemn you by delighting in ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm. Such people are inflated by empty notions of their unspiritual mind.

Colossians 2:18


He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, grows with growth from God.

Colossians 2:19


If you died with Christ to the elements of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? All these regulations refer to what is destined to perish by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines. Although these have a reputation for wisdom by promoting self-made religion, false humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.

Colossians 2:20-23


Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don’t argue about disputed matters. One person believes he may eat anything, while one who is weak eats only vegetables. One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not judge one who does, because God has accepted him. Who are you to judge another’s household servant? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And he will stand, because the Lord is able to make him stand. One person judges one day to be more important than another day. Someone else judges every day to be the same. Let each one be fully convinced in his own mind. Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat it, and he gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for himself, and no one dies for himself. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Romans 14:1-8


I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself. Still, to someone who considers a thing to be unclean, to that one it is unclean.

Romans 14:14


For if your brother or sister is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy, by what you eat, someone for whom Christ died. Therefore, do not let your good be slandered, for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and receives human approval. So then, let us pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.

Romans 14:15-19


Do not tear down God’s work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong to make someone fall by what he eats.

Romans 14:20


It is a good thing not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything that makes your brother or sister stumble. Whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.

Romans 14:21-23


Therefore, if food causes my brother or sister to fall, I will never again eat meat, so that I won’t cause my brother or sister to fall.

1 Corinthians 8:13


To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so that I may share in the blessings.

1 Corinthians 9:22-23


Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is Christ.

Colossians 2:16-17


“The cause of the offense is his own pride, or unbelief, rather than improper behavior on the part of the other. He becomes upset,
but is not ‘destroyed.’ He is not a weaker brother for he is strong in his convictions and will not blindly follow a contrary example.
Nor is he a stronger brother, for he is not strong in understanding. He has not fully grasped the nature and reality of Christian
freedom and responsibility, especially as it affects relationships with other Christians.”

Garry Friesen