Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
Our Christian walk with the Father is always a heartfelt spiritual journey into the ways of God and the more abundant life is the result. As a believer we were never called to stand alone, as was done often by individual believers throughout Old Testament times. We, in grace however are called into God’s household and His family, being individual members in the Church of God where each of us is important to God, Christ, and one another.
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
Glory literally means a manifestation of power, and here in Romans the glory of God represents God having revealed Himself to us through the accomplishments of Christ (initially for us, and now eternally in us), and that we now have God’s permission and personal access to His manifested power. This is available to each believer because of Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven, who is now standing at the right hand of God making intercession for us (Romans 8:34).
In the future there is going to be a “gathering together” of the believers (I Thessalonians 4:14-18), when Christ comes back in the clouds above and gathers us up into the heavenlies to be with God. (This is going to be without a doubt, the greatest day of our lives!) Spiritually today we are already risen (by the power and glory of God) to a new life in Christ (Romans 6:9-13).
Now Romans 15:7 says “wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God” because having fellowship with another believer is the next best thing this side of the actual “gathering together” into the heavenlies. Being with another likeminded believer (or believers), having the common bond of the Scriptures, is to experience (at least in part) the greatness of the glory of God as a genuine foretaste of how glorious our “gathering together” will be.
Hebrews 10:25 encourage the assembling of believers together. Obviously this is not a command to gather at every spare moment of every day; however, when we do fellowship with another believer, being likeminded on the Word, we will become spiritually linked with others who are going to live throughout eternity with us in the glory of God. We are to treat other believers with the same honor and respect that God in Christ has honored us with, according to the guiding instructions recorded in the Epistles.
The practical side of Romans builds true Christian character, strengthens our devotion to God, and shows us how to look after the spiritual well-being of fellow believers. As Christ has received us to the glory of God, we today can receive one another in fellowship and camaraderie (fulfilling Romans 15:7).
This is how we more fully experience precious moments in the glory of God with one another.