Being Doctrinally “Able” To Admonish One Another

Rom 15:14  And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another

The doctrine contained in Romans chapter 15 addresses the Saints who are “strong” in the faith, and the Bible teachers who are also “able” to “please his neighbor for his good to edification.” And his inward man ought to be “full,” and “filled” with the knowledge of His will, and most importantly doctrinally “able” to teach the weak in the faith in the “doctrine which is according to godliness.” And Paul knew the faithful Saints at Rome, and that their faithfulness was selfless, he addressed, and acknowledged many of them in chapter 16. They labored with Paul in the Ministry, and Paul was “persuaded” of them that they were full of God’s goodness and filled with God’s knowledge. But they also knew that the Godly purpose to fill them with God’s goodness, and His knowledge was that they were doctrinally “able to admonish” one another as well.

Rom 15:15  Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

Rom.15:5] Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
[6] That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Moreover, those who are filled with His knowledge and goodness, are operating upon the Spiritual “mind” which is “according to Christ Jesus,” and that are ‘fully able’ to help and edify one another. The question is why did Paul say that they were “able to admonish one another?” The word “admonish” means to gently warn doctrinally, notify of a fault doctrinally, reprove mildly, to counsel against wrong practices, to caution or advise in the OED. To admonish a saint is also a huge part of the ministry that we often do not fully understand and appreciate, this is what we see Paul doing throughout all of his epistles, edifying, and admonishing the saints ‘not to be’, or ‘to be’ doctrinally. And when Paul says, “as putting you in mind;” what type of mind would Paul be referring to? it is Paul’s desire to ‘put the saints in the “mind of Christ,” according to “those things which pertain to God” as we see in verse 17, and not in “those things” which pertain to this world.

Rom 15:16  That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Rom 15:17  I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

Furthermore, we are taught to “glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God,” but we must first have an understanding of “those things which pertain to God.” If we do not fully understand the things which pertain to God, we WILL NOT fully understand the things which pertain to Satan! We will think that this world’s government, this world’s system, country, and our affairs all pertain to God, so when something attacks “these things,” then that is the evil, and that is what the adversary is doing. But actually, we have created unto ourselves a vain worship system of belief, we are walking according to a “mind,” and “spirit” which is of this world, if we do not think this is the case; how do you feel when the ‘right, or wrong person’ is in office as President? How do you feel if the government passes a new law, or keeps a law the same? These things should not have an effect on your mind! I have heard people say, ‘I believe in God, and Country!” the two are contrary, God’s ‘country’ is in the 3rd Heaven, and it ought to be where our minds are as well, we are to “look not at the THINGS which are seen, but at the THINGS which are not seen.”

Rom 15:18  For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

Therefore, we should not “speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by” Paul either! The name Joe Biden should not stir up your heart to anger, or motivation, the name Donald Trump should not stir up your heart to anger, or motivation either, the names that ought to stir up your hearts to motivation is our Fathers Name, and the Name of His Son. And the name that ought to stir up anger within us is the adversary Satan! We ought to have a burning desire to Love what Our Father Loves and have the same mind toward “the things” that He hates! And we ought to have the same hatred for the things that Satan and this world loves! This world’s affairs IS NOT the “things which Christ” has “wrought” by Paul, or ‘worked’ by Paul, and Paul is NOT going to speak of the affairs of this life that will all eventually ‘pass away’ when we ‘pass away.’

Rom 8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 

Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.             

Finally, we ought to be able to admonish one another in godly love for their Spiritual edifying to their godly “good.” But some assume that giving reproof, correction, and exhortation to a brother or sister in the Lord who are in error would not be walking in love. But Paul admonished the brethren when needed, he instructed the co-laborers in the Ministry to also admonish those who needed the instruction in righteousness. And those who are “strong” “OUGHT TO bear the infirmities of the weak,” and admonishing those who are weak in the faith, is how our Father would have the “perfect,” and mature in Christ to operate. And ad we can see in the epistles written from Romans through Philemon, Paul exhorted the Saints to admonish one another in godly love, and we too ought to be doctrinally “able” to strengthen, and admonish the Saints who have doctrinal “infirmities,” and exhort them also to walk ‘according to this rule.’

Col.3:16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

1st Thess.5:12] And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

2nd Thess.3:15] Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Rod Jones

  1. Another excellent post! Thank you! 🙏😍💪🛡💖📣🔥

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