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Love's Unpayable Debt

Matt Herndon - Nov. 18, 2018

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continual debt to love one another, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet,’ and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does not harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Rom. 13:8-10)

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another” (13:8)

American Debt


Avg. credit card debt: $5,700

Avg. college loan: $25,000

Total federal debt: $21,480,000,000

Paul’s Main Point: Love of others is the fulfillment of the law.


 “Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.”


“’Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet’….”

Gross Oversimplification: 1st century Jews were rule-keepers, and 1st century Gentiles were rule-breakers.

Jewish Rule-Keepers


They needed to learn the PURPOSE of the law: LOVE


“If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?’ And the Pharisees had nothing to say” (Lk. 14:5-6).


 “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing…” (Heb. 10:25).

Gentile Rule-Breakers


“antinomians” = against the law


They needed to learn the GOODNESS of the law


"Law of Tithing” (with tithing pic)

Are we a rule-keeper or a rule-breaker? Do we need to know the purpose of the law, or the goodness of the law?


 “Let no debt remain outstanding except the continual debt to love one another.”


“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15:13)

Lord's Prayer

 “Our Father who is in heaven holy is your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Let us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”