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Transcript of Romans 13:8-10
Paying a debt of love out of the wealth of grace.
The Weight of Debt
Insights from the Law
A Wealth of Grace
An Unpayable Debt
A Glorious Weight
“Let your only debt that is unpaid be that of love–a debt which you should always be attempting to discharge in full, but will never succeed in discharging." Origen
"1 Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. 2 For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain, that we may eat and keep alive.” 3 There were also those who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our houses to get grain because of the famine.” 4 And there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards."
1 John 4:19
"We love because He first loved us."
Debt to a Worker
Deuteronomy 24 :14 -15
“14 “You shall not oppress a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns. 15 You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the Lord, and you be guilty of sin.”
“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning.”
1. It applies to everyone
2. It is emphasized in Deuteronomy that the man is poor and needy
3. It is shown in Leviticus that to withhold the money was a means of control
Three Truths from the Law
Debtors to Love
1. No Matter the Person
vs. 8 "loves each other"
vs. 8 "loves another"
vs. 9 "love your neighbor"
2. To the Needy
It destroys unity in the Church
"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."
"8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. . . 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
It leaves people starving and naked
It leaves people immature and deceived
"14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ"
It lets the wandering die
"19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins."
It leaves people isolated and alone
"1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore."
It leaves people broken under the burden of their sin
"Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
To your cost
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
"4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
To Sin is to Steal
"9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor"
A Work of the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love.”
1 John 4:7
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
“and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Why do I owe others?
1) We owe because it is the wealthy indebted to the impoverished
2) We owe because it showcases the transformation power of God on all His saved children.
3) We owe because others have forborne us, forgiven us, loved us, and been patient with us in ways we will never know, see, or admit.
(Ephesians 4:2, Colossians 3:13)
4) We owe because God has commanded us to love others.
How can I pay?
1. In actual goods
2. In Time and Energy
3. In Truth and Ministry
(Romans 15:27; 1 Corinthians 9:3-11)
(John 13:14, Ephesians 5:28, 1 John 3:16)
(Romans 15:1, 1 John 4:11, Matthew 5:46-48)
the state of not flowing or moving