Archive for September 26th, 2019

Romans 13:10-14

In Romans 13:10-14 Paul reminds us that love is the measuring stick that we need to stand against – it is how God will look at our life. And that love is to be spread generously to all who are our ‘neighbor’ which Jesus described as a pretty good side bunch of people in His teaching. We are to love one another, and love all, even those who hate us. “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Jesus gave us the two commandments that define our mission on this planet. We are to love God first and foremost, and then to love our neighbor as ourself. That is how we meet expectations and fulfill the law.

Paul challenges us to wake up and get after our walk with Him. Because we know the danger of the times and we anticipate the coming of Jesus, we should be more energetic and committed to a walking well with God instead of sleep-walking with Him. “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” It is vital that we wake up! Guzik wrote: “We can do many Christian things and essentially still be asleep in our walk with God – go through the motions if you will. What a difference it makes when we are awake!

  • We can speak when we are awake
  • We can hear when we are awake
  • We can walk when we are awake
  • We can sing when we are awake
  • We can think when we are awake”

We’re in a battle with the enemy – Paul’s been clear about that and scripture is full of stories going back to the Garden of Eden. He uses the illustration of getting dressed in armor. When you get dressed every day, you dress appropriately to who you are and what you plan to do. Therefore, everyday, put on the Lord Jesus Christ! “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” We must cast off before we can put on. Spurgeon wrote: “The rags of sin must come off if we put on the robe of Christ. There must be a taking away of the love of sin, there must be a renouncing of the practices and habits of sin, or else a man cannot be a Christian. It will be an idle attempt to try and wear religion as a sort of celestial overall over the top of old sins.” That isn’t what Paul challenges us to do.

Rather he calls out some of the things that we need to deal with. We can’t walk with Jesus and continue to live in sin. Here Paul lists some, but the reality is that every sin gets in the way of having a right relationship with Christ. “Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.” These sins are not appropriate for Christians who have come out of the night into God’s light. We need to put off the old sins and put on Jesus. “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”  Morris wrote: “Putting on Christ is a strong and vivid metaphor. It means more than putting on the character of the Lord Jesus Christ, signifying rather that we need to let Jesus Christ Himself be the armor that you wear.”

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