Rev. Mark Barz, pastor at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Romans 13:8-14.
Because their debt of sin is forgiven in Christ, the only debt Christians owe is the debt of love to the neighbor. Such love for the neighbor is the summary of the second table of the Law. Every commandment that teaches us how to act toward the neighbor is summarized like this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The commandments give shape to this Christian love, which is produced in us only because God has first loved us by showing us mercy in Christ. The time for such love is right now, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is nearer now than ever. Christians live in this dawning light as the darkness of sin and evil is ending. In Baptism, we have been clothed in the armor of light so that we throw the works of darkness far away. Such works of darkness build sin upon sin, but this is not the clothing we have. In this time of eager anticipation for the Lord’s return, Christians are clothed with Jesus Christ Himself.
“The Righteousness of God for You” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Human righteousness cannot save, because all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Only the righteousness of God can bring life and forgiveness to sinners. This is the righteousness that He has fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the righteousness that is revealed in the Gospel, the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. This is the righteousness that is not earned, but is freely given by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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Fulfilling the Law Through Love
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 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; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 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. 12 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. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
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