Upward Look: The Day Is At Hand
“The night is far spend, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12)
The words of Martin Luther were, “This epistle is the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest gospel…It can never be pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with, the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.” Paulo stresses the significance of His death and resurrection. Paul sees the believer’s position as the basis for his practice. The theme of righteousness that runs through the book is reflected in the revelation of the righteousness of God; the vindication of the righteousness of God; and the application of the righteousness of God. (ch. 12-16)
In the last chapter of Romans, Paul recognizes that behavior must be built upon belief, and this is why the practical exhortations of this epistle appears after his position in Christ. The salvation that is described in the first eleven chapters should transform a Christian’s life in relation to God, (12:1,2), society(12:3-21), higher powers (13:1-7), and one’s neighbors (13:8-14).
Paul encourages us to let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowmen has fulfilled the law. The commandments are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.
Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Allow the Lord to lead and guide us.
God’s word makes clear to us,
That He wants us to love one another,
For in this way we fulfill the law,
As we reach out to our brother.
So may we be obedient,
To the Lord’s command,
And we will be pleasing to Him,
As for others we take a stand.
Dear Father, please help us to show our love for you as we reach out to our brother. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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