I am teaching the second half of Romans 13 on Sunday. It is the passage the Lord used to “close the deal” in the life of Augustine. I find it very help in my life today. Please allow me to quote it below. I’d love to hear your thoughts–interpretive obsservations or steps of application!
Section I (13:1-7 [We covered that last week in Sunday School.])
Section II (13:8-10):
“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (NASB).
Thoughts? Reply below!
Section III (13:11-14):
“Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from your sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts” (NASB).
Thoughts? Respond below!
In many respects, my life before Christ is described in verse thirteen (carousing, drunkenness, etc.). Hopefully, my new life is one of putting aside the bad (sin) and putting on the Good–the Best–Jesus Christ (13:14)! I very much desire to “behave properly” (13:13)! In other words, because I am in Christ, I want to wear Christ!
Have you a minute? Let me know your thoughts about one or both of the sections quoted above! Thanks!