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.”
In these two verses Paul sums up the very essence of love and our path back to the innocence of the Garden of Eden.
After God freed the Hebrews from the bondage of Egypt, God gave them ten simple laws that their entire society could be built upon. Nothing else was required. Follow these rules and all will be well.
This truth is indisputable. The laws are not flawed. The failure of society is upon man and our inability to live in the spirit. We only pursue the wants of the flesh.
God setup the Hebrews with the only “government” they would need, but man’s desire and covetousness of worldly things would not allow us to follow these simple laws. Disputes ensued. Knowing this, God gave the Hebrews judges, wise men who were devoted to the laws of God, men who would settle the disputes that would arise.
Eventually this was not good enough for the Hebrews. They saw foreign societies with their kings and false gods, and they were envious. The Hebrews coveted these foreign governments and so asked the judges for a king of their own. A king to fight their battles. A king to protect them and take care of them.
God was not pleased. They could not see that following the ten simple laws was all they needed for their society to prosper and thrive. They did not see God as their King. They were seeking and coveting worldly things.
God gave the Hebrews their king and it was all downhill from there. Some kings walked with God and some did not. But even the mightiest and righteous kings were human and had their times of corruption and sin.
Since then man’s answer to this question of government has been to add layer upon layer, law upon law. With each new layer and law added in the name of worldly things, the corruption grows deeper.
But here in these two verses Paul repeats and understands the teaching of Christ. In Matthew 12:30-31, Christ answers the scribes who ask him which commandment is the most important.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The simplicity of the law lies in this teaching of Christ. This is the basis for the utopian society that many seek. But like the Hebrews, many feel that the answer is through more kings, more laws, more government, more government loaded with the corruption of man.
What it really comes down to is the individual. It is the individual who will enact and enforce this basic law of God. It is the individual who will take themselves to utopia, not their worldly king.
The utopian society, the Garden of Eden, will not be found by adding more pages of man-made laws to the book of laws so large that no one individual can begin to comprehend the entire sum of the mass corruption instituted by man and our worldly desires.
The only true, pure law is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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