In these final verses of chapter 13, Paul stresses the urgency of our call to love by reminding us that the Day of Christ is near. In light of Christ’s coming, we are to live as children of the day, putting aside the deeds of darkness and putting on the Lord Jesus Christ. How do we array ourselves with Christ? By cultivating our relationship with Him. We seek Him, we read His Word, we pray, and as we draw near to Him and know Him, we become like Him — we manifest His character.
Every single Christian is deeply in debt. We owe a debt of love to God because of all that Christ has done to save us. But His salvation is of grace, and grace is not grace if we have to repay Him. Thus, though we are indebted to Christ for our salvation, grace means we never pay it back. Instead, we pay it forward. We fulfill that debt of love to Christ by loving others the same way He has loved us by directing the gushing torrent of Christ’s grace and love toward others in every interaction.
In this third message explaining the biblical role of civil government, we consider the believer’s response to true authority. As Christians, we are called to subject ourselves to civil authority, not just because we fear the sword, but because we love Christ. We are also to support our governments through the paying of taxes, and by honoring those over us because they are servants of God put in place for the common good.