Sunday Morning and Evening November 6, 2011

Posted by Sherry

OUR LOVE DEBT

ROMANS 13:8-10

CBC NOV. 6, 2011 SM

INTRO: How long do you want me to preach? I’ll stop when you tell me if you will come back tonight and let me finish. Or I’ll do it all this morning in the time it takes. Your choice....

AMP 8Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one's fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

9The commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet (have an evil desire), and any other commandment, are summed up in the single command, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.(A)

10Love does no wrong to one's neighbor [it never hurts anybody]. Therefore love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law.


KJV 8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

9For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.


Paul is discussing the “Debt of Love” that we “OWE” to our fellow man.

This is the 3rd “debt owed” in Paul’s discussion

First - debt we owe to Civil Magistrates

Second - debt Civil Magistrates owe to God

Third - debt we owe to our fellow man

Paul Makes a Statement:

“Owe no one anything except to love each other. For the one who loves another fulfills the law.”

Paul Explains the Statement:

If we look at the “law” (commandments)

esp. 2nd table (last 6) - dealing w/ our fellow man (horizontal)

1st table (first 4) dealing with our relationship to God (vertical)

2nd table: adultery, murder, stealing, false witness, covet

& summarizes, “love neighbor as yourself

Paul reiterates the Statement:

Love doesn’t wrong a neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law

LOVE & LAW

we’ve been told they don’t mix (oil & water)

Paul brings them together & says they are related....really? HOW?

DIFFICULTIES

  1. we owe a love debt to....”ALL”!

FAULTY DEF. OF LOVE

conflict w/ this passage if we go to our culture for definition of “love”

love - overwhelming, uncontrollable, sensual force

ILL: “cupid” shoots you w/ arrow and points you toward the person(s) U R 2 “love” & you must follow it, you can’t control it, bigger than both of you, the heart wants what it wants!

PAUL SAYS, “we owe a love debt to ‘ALL’...(conflict)

how can an “uncontrollable force” be a “debt” I owe?

Culture & Biblical Truth often collide ...

Biblical Truth must win out! (all day, every day & twice on Sunday)

FAULTY APPLICATIONS OF LOVE

  • Lack of love
    • not a loving person
    • don’t feel like loving you
    • don’t know you so I’m not obligated to love you
  • Selective love
    • “to have a ‘heart’ for something, someone or some group
    • love not directed to others b/c I don’t have a “heart” for them
    • focus love on specific group at the expense of other groups
    • God, (in this passage) doesn’t agree w/ “selective love”.
  • Misguided love
    • folks sometimes loudly defend something that is just plain “WRONG” (sinful)
    • ILL: homosexual movement - sin (Paul to Romans & unnatural acts...)
    • ILL: unfaithful church attendance - sin (forsake not the assembling...)
    • ILL: use of alcohol - sin (Jesus made grape juice not alcoholic wine)

WE DO OWE A DEBT OF LOVE TO ALL MANKIND

  • Cannot be withheld
    • not ours to withhold
    • Paul not making a statement that “borrowing” is sinful (own no man...)
    • Paul is saying when we have a “debt” we MUST PAY
    • we must give this love to our fellow man
      • & we must pay our bills we incur
    • not just “Believers” either....everybody (Ro. 12:3-13 interaction w/ believers, v14-21 interaction with unbelievers; Ro 13:1-8 interaction w/ Civil authority saved and unsaved
    • owe a love debt to “humanity” b/c they’re made in the image of God
    • Did Christ withhold “love” from anyone?
      • did you have to “prove yourself worthy” before He loved you?
      • must others “prove themselves worthy” before we love them?

Romans 5:6 While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly.

7Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die.

8But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

  • Enemies of God...Christ laid down His life for US!
    • still find it strange Jesus says, “Love your enemies”?
    • so we “lay down our life” for fallen humanity, JUST LIKE HE DID!
    • We love people who are lost b/c they are made in the image of God
    • Can we “pick & choose” who we let in our little circle of love when Christ didn’t pick & choose who He lets in Heaven?
    • We pick & choose people we favor, have common interest, attractive, socially acceptable......
    • And what did you and I have in common with GOD?
    • Tell me again what our common interest was with GOD?
    • You honestly in our sinful condition we were attractive to GOD? Luke warmness makes God PUKE! Not very attractive
    • On our best day, in our best clothes we can’t be in God’s “social circle”. LOL!
    • How dare we withhold our love.
    • ****************************************************************************************

FULFILLING THE LAW

Romans 13:9

CBC NOV. 6, 2011 SUNDAY NIGHT

LOVE IS NOT CONTRARY, NOR SUPERIOR TO THE LAW

V9 The commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet (have an evil desire), and any other commandment, are summed up in the single command, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.

Romans 7:12 The Law therefore is holy, and [each] commandment is holy and just and good.

  • The “Law” is not bad, wrong, evil or outdated
    • the Law is holy and good
  • LOVE IS THE “ESSENCE” OF THE COMMANDMENTS

Deuteronomy 6:5

Amplified Bible (AMP)

5And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.

  • This comes right after Deut. ch. 5 ...THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
    • They are a complete set
    • Deut 11:13; 13:3; 30:6; Josh 22:5; Mt 22:37; Mk 12:30; Lu 10:27
    • Essence of first 4 commandments - LOVE the Lord w/ all ya got!
      • no other God’s before me - love God
      • no graven images - love God
      • don’t take God’s name in vain - love God
      • don’t dishonor God’s day - love God
      • TABLE 2 of the Law
      • Leviticus 19:18
      • Amplified Bible (AMP)
      • 18You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
      • Mt 19:19; 22:39; Mk 12:31; Lu 10:27; Ro. 13:9; Gal 5:14; James 2:8
      • love “FULFILLS” the Law

TEXT V10Love does no wrong to one's neighbor [it never hurts anybody]. Therefore love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law.

      • honor Dad & Mom - love them as your self
      • don’t murder - love neighbor
      • don’t commit adultery - love (lay down your life) for your neighbor
      • don’t steal - love your neighbor
      • don’t witness falsely against your neighbor - love your neighbor
      • don’t covet what neighbor has - love your neighbor

SAVING FAITH IS A PREREQUISITE TO KEEPING THE LAW

  • we can’t do any of this without the Holy Spirit working through us
    • He doesn’t do that w/out our initiating a relationship w/ Jesus Christ
    • Romans 3:31Do we then by [this] faith make the Law of no effect, overthrow it or make it a dead letter? Certainly not! On the contrary, we confirm and establish and uphold the Law.
    • How can we love our neighbor w/out keeping the law? WE CAN’T!
    • Can we then keep the law and not love our neighbor? NEGATIVE
    • When we “LOVE” our neighbor we wouldn’t think of murdering them...
    • When we “LOVE” Mom & Dad we wouldn’t think of dishonoring them...
    • Apart from Christ, we can’t know “love”
    • we must be “IN” Christ to love (lay down our life for out...Mom, Dad, Neighbor...)

John 13:34 I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.

1 John 3:23 And this is His order (His command, His injunction): that we should believe in (put our faith and trust in and adhere to and rely on) the name of His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and that we should love one another, just as He has commanded us.

2 John 5,6And now I beg you, lady (Cyria), not as if I were issuing a new charge (injunction or command), but [simply recalling to your mind] the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.

6And what this love consists in is this: that we live and walk in accordance with and guided by His commandments (His orders, ordinances, precepts, teaching). This is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you continue to walk in love [guided by it and following it].

JESUS’ COMPLETED WORK

  • He kept the entire law in obedience to the Father
  • He died for us because we transgressed the law
  • bought us back and made us right in sight of God
  • set us apart for service
  • for first time we are free to keep the law
  • do we have the liberty to “ignore” the law? absolutely not!
  • couldn’t love neighbor before b/c we were too in love with OURSELF
  • now we love our neighbor like we used to love ourself
  • true love does no harm to our neighbor

THE AFFIRMATIVE OBLIGATION

  • LAW keeps us looking at the negative prohibition
    • don’t murder
    • don’t covet...
    • don’t, don’t, don’t....
    • have to work to not do the things we’ve been told not to do
  • When we come to Christ we move to the AFFIRMATIVE OBLIGATION TO OUR NEIGHBOR
    • Jesus, “sermon on mount” - good you’ve never murdered ur brother
      • that’s good, but I say, don’t even be angry w/ ur brother
      • don’t hate ur brother...
      • where does murder come from???? HATE & ANGER!!
      • we break the “essence” of the don’t murder commandment when we are angry and hate
        • easier not to “kill” a neighbor physically than (affirmative obligation) to not be angry & hate ur neighbor

LET’S PRACTICE ONE

  • 7th Commandment - don’t commit adultery
    • how do we do that using the affirmative obligation to our neighbor?
    • uh....just don’t do it?........NO! THAT’S THE NEGATIVE
    • be chaste & moral in our thought life about our neighbor
    • have chastity in body, affection, words and behavior
    • watchfulness over the eyes and all the senses
    • self control, chaste company, modest apparel,
    • get married & have a proper relationship with your spouse
    • GOT IT?
    • So you didn’t end up in bed with your neighbor’s wife...Good for you
    • Since your are a Christian....
      • do you look at her an lust in your heart
      • do you speak to her suggestively
      • fantasize about her privately
      • then you have broken the essence of THE LAW & that’s the same as breaking it

Matthew 5:28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

28But I say to you that everyone who so much as looks at a woman with evil desire for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

CONCL:

When we grasp the idea of the LAW OF LOVE

it makes us realize how wicked we really are

and how much more sanctified we desperately need to be

This was just one example.

Take the time to work through all 10.

OTHERWISE:

you can have warm fuzzy feelings for your neighbor and still do all this nasty stuff to them! (That’s un-biblical, stinkin’ thinkin’)

We’ve been “born-again”

old things have passed away and all things have become new!


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