A Sermon on Romans 13:8-10
Fulfilling the Law Through Love
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 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.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (ESV)
Vestiges of the Christian call to ‘love neighbor’ can be found throughout Western culture. What has been lost, however, is the Scriptural understanding of love and a strong theological foundation to support the command. Without Scripture and theology, love of neighbor is either reduced to sentimentality or the Gospel is denied. The seriousness of the latter is highlighted in this message on Romans 13:8-10 by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Modern teaching claims sinful man is able to fulfill this important command despite the fact that he has not experienced regeneration. Dr. Lloyd-Jones examines both Scripture and culture, arguing that a biblical view of self and neighbor is necessary for understanding Paul’s words correctly. This also answers one of the fundamental questions Christians ask: what is the Christians’ relationship to the Law? Be warned against the trap of mysticism, with its emphasis on mere contemplation of love. But also, watch out for rigorism, with its emphasis on the merely knowing the letter of the Law. Rather than falling into mysticism or rigorism, Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues for both the letter and the spirit of the Law. Listen closely as Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues for a balanced approach to the Law and seeks to challenge contemporary views of love of neighbor.