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You Owe God, Pay Your Debt!

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God payed for salvation, we owe Him everything

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Romans 8:12-15
Romans 8:12–15 KJV 1900
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Debtor: (GK opheiletes) one who is under obligation in a moral or social sense, one under obligation, one liable for.

This word in its form is used only nine times in the Bible.
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William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 742.

We owe the flesh nothing, but we owe God everything.

Romans 8:12 KJV 1900
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

Salvation is the Gift of God which comes from above.

john 3
John 3:5–6 KJV 1900
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

We Pay God by living according to His word.

1 Peter 1:13–23 ESV
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

This Debt concerns Life and Death. Life if we Pay, Death if we don’t.

Romans 8:13 KJV 1900
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Doing what God says guarantees life.

Deuteronomy 5:23 KJV 1900
23 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
Deut
Amo
Amos 5:14 KJV 1900
14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: And so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
John 14:19 KJV 1900
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

When we got saved we made a vow to the Lord. That vow must be Paid.

deut 23.
Deuteronomy 23:21 KJV 1900
21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
Psalm 76:11 KJV 1900
11 Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: Let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
Psalm 76
Psalm 116:14 KJV 1900
14 I will pay my vows unto the Lord Now in the presence of all his people.
psa 116

When commited to Pay what we owe to God, God helps us pay our Debt to Him.

Phil 4 13
Philippians 4:13 KJV 1900
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Eph
Ephesians 3:20 KJV 1900
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Hebrews 13:5 KJV 1900
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
matt 28
Matthew 28:20 KJV 1900
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
John 14:15–16 KJV 1900
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 14:23 KJV 1900
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

This is why we can use the term Abba, Father

Romans 8:15 KJV 1900
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

This is why we can use Abba-Father

rom 8
Romans 8:16 KJV 1900
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
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