(1-7) Submission to the Authorities
As Christians, we ought to obey governmental authorities, not because we fear being punished by them, but because they have been ordained by God to carry out duties of law and justice. When we obey governmental authorities who are ruling right and passing laws that do not go against God’s law, we are also obeying God.
(8-14) Fulfilling the Law Through Love
The only debt that a Christian should have is one of love to others. When we love, we fulfill the law. Most of the thou shalt not’s are relational, meaning they involve another person apart from ourselves. When someone commits adultery, murders, steals, or covets, that person who breaks the law is hurting someone else, and in most cases, the person who they hurt is someone they know. As Jesus taught through the parable of the Good Samaritan, one’s neighbor is not just the person who lives beside them. One’s neighbor is anyone who they may cross paths with. If we love someone, we will not do them any harm, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Favorite verse: (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.