Bruce Ashford’s book is not a one-author book. It is actually a collection of essays. However, the authors of the essays were aware of how their work would be used and that their essays would constitute chapters in a larger work.
These young hopeful disciples would spend many, many long hours memorizing whole books of the Old Testament. When they were ready, they would approach the rabbi of their choice hoping to be accepted by the rabbi.
Romans 14:13-23 are some of the most relevant verses in the whole Bible for the modern church. The church at Rome in the first century and your church in 2013 both have a problem. Both have people in them who are confused about what is really important.
These days, we often hear things like, “I know my rights” or “I don’t have to take that” or “You can’t do that to me”. Many people believe that it is a badge of honor, something to be proud of that they stand up for their rights.
We can learn a great deal about our submission to God by how we obey traffic laws, keep off the grass signs, coffee break time limits, homework assignments, work-time internet usage, parking laws, etc.
If my relationship to God is right, all my other relationships will be right also. If my relationship to God is not right, my other relationships will give evidence of that. My relationships to others can be used to evaluate my relationship to God.
If we have been truly humbled, there will be a complete and radical transformation in us. That is because we have been moved from dark to light, night to day, kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God, enemy of God to friend of God.