ROMAS 13, 8-14REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.ROMAS XIII. 8 — 14.
**Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth anotherhath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shaitnot kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt notcovet; and if there be any other commandment, it is brieflj comprehended inthis saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as tliyself. Love vrorkethno ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that,knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now isour salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day isat hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on thearmour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting anddrunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying: butput ye on the Ix)rd Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfilthe lu&ts thereof.**
The precept in the preceding verse, enjoining Christians to" render fear to whom fear was due, and honour to whomhonour," we considered, from the connexion in which itstands, as having a special reference to civil rulers. It maybe understood, however, with a more comprehensive rangeof application. Tt may include all superiors. There is " hon-our" due by the law of God, as well as by the dictates of na-ture, to parents. — "Honour thy father and mother" is *'thefirst commandment with promise;" and one of the mostsacred of all duties.* There is "honour" due also fromservants to their earthly masters ; to whom they are enjoinedto be subject " with all fear." t The precept too may in-* Prov. XXX. 17. t 1 Pet ii. 18; and compare 1 Tim. vi. 1.ROMAS XIII. g-] 4. 189elude the respect due from believers to those who are over