by Pastor David Grey
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” — Romans 13:8
I don’t usually use so many quotes in my weekly column, but this week there are a couple that explain this debt we owe so well.
Charles Spurgeon, in his devotional for Feb. 3, wrote, “As God’s creatures, we are all debtors to Him: to obey Him with all our body, and soul, and strength. (However) having broken His commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to His justice, and we owe to Him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does not owe God’s justice anything, for Christ has paid the debt His people owed; for this reason the believer owes the more to love.
“I am a debtor to God’s grace and forgiving mercy; but I am no debtor to His justice, for He will never accuse me of a debt already paid. Christ said, “It is finished!” and by that He meant, that whatever His people owed was wiped away forever from the book of remembrance. Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given, and we are debtors to God’s justice no longer. But then, because we are not debtors to our Lord in that sense, we become ten times more debtors to God than we should have been otherwise.”
The debt is, of course, not only to love God for what He did, but to love my neighbor as myself. These are what Jesus called the two greatest commandments which He said are of equal importance. (Matt 22:39, NLT).