What Does Romans 14:17 Mean?

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

In totality the kingdom of God reaches to every place, in the entire universe, stretching through time and beyond eternity, but in His revelation to man, which is detailed in the Scriptures, the kingdom of God almost always restricts its horizons to God’s current work and future rule, through a group of His obedient servants.

The kingdom of God is that heavenly sphere of life, where His children are willingly governed by the holy Spirit, in which righteousness reigns - and it refers to the body of Christ, the church of the Lord Jesus.

Man does not live by bread alone but by the whole truth of God’s Word, and the reach of God’s rule stretches far beyond the question of temporal needs such as eating, drinking and the necessities of this world, for the substance of God’s kingdom does not consist of external things, which are passing away but of spiritual matters, which are eternal – reconciliation to God, which gives birth to righteousness, peace and joy in the Lord.

But of all the godly qualities that are demanded of God’s children by their Father, three important issues have been brought to the focus of our attention: - righteousness, peace and joy, all of which can be summed up in the righteous requirements of a holy God.

Righteousness outlines our relationship with God, for having been forgiven of our sins - for we have been placed into right relationship with Him and it behoves us to live righteously before Him all the days of our life.

Peace is the status that we are called upon when dealing with our fellow men, and Christian brothers, so that as far as it depends on us we are to live at peace with all men, reflecting the character of our heavenly Prince.

Joy should be the outer expression of our inner attitude of contentment, for the joy of the Lord is not only our strength but our eternal sufficiency.

My Prayer

Loving Father, I pray that I may be one that walks in righteousness, before You, at peace with all around me, while rejoicing in You for the privilege of being made a child of the kingdom and a son of the most High, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN.

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