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Your Indebtedness (38 of 47)
There is no area of the life of a person that has received Christ as Lord and Savior that remains untouched. That is what the book of Romans deals with, the life of a Christian. In the opening of the book we looked what Jesus did for us. He who knew no sin became sin for us and died the death on the Cross that we deserved. Because of His death, it made it possible for us to receive God's forgiveness and have a brand new life. Paul takes that and in the closing chapters he applies that Christian experience to every relationship in life. In the first part of Chapter 12 we looked at our new relationship with God. We are to present ourselves as living sacrifices to God. The middle part of chapter 12 we looked at our relationship with fellow believers, with non-Christians and with those who treat us badly.
We get to chapter 13 and we have looked at our relationship to the authority over us in the form of government. Every relationship that we will ever have has been dealt with by Paul in this area. Because having Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior effects every relationship that you will ever have.
Today the verses we will look at, deal with our relationship to our neighbor. When we look at these verses of Scripture we will find that they really gather themselves around the statement in verse 9 where it says, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (NIV). Which is not an original statement by Paul or by Jesus. It is found originally in Lev. 19:18.
In the these three verses Paul uses a form of the word love five times. Two times the word neighbor will be used. The question will come, what does the word neighbor mean when it is used in scripture. What it literally means is one who is near. Normally we think of our neighbor as the person that lives next door or across the street. In scripture we will find that word has a wider implication. Even as we look at our own world around ...
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