Romans 14:17 "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but... joy in the Holy Spirit"

    Amillennialists have interpreted this passage to mean "the Kingdom is not real or physical in nature." Here is the passage in context:

"Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is uncleanFor if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offenseIt is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin." - Romans 14:13-23

    If you read the entire chapter of Romans 14, it is clear Paul is simply saying "don't offend others" and has no intention of teaching that the Kingdom is merely spiritual in nature and will have no true existence upon this earth. A parallel passage to this is found in Acts 21:17-26. In other words, don't eat bacon in front of a Jewish believer because it will cause unnecessary strain in an otherwise healthy relationship in the Spirit.


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