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Because debts place a person under obligation to his creditors, Paul sometimes used the word ‘debt’ to refer to a person’s spiritual obligations. Paul considered that his obligation to preach the gospel was a debt he owed to people everywhere (Romans 1:14; 1 Corinthians 9:16). He believed also that Gentile Christians, having received the gospel by way of the Jews, owed a debt to their Jewish brothers. The Gentiles had an obligation to help the Jews in their poverty (Romans 15:27).

More frequently, however, the Bible uses the illustration of debt to refer to something bad, such as sin in general (Matthew 6:12; Matthew 18:32-35) or bondage to the sinful human nature (Romans 8:12). Debt in this sense is a reminder of the difficulties of life in the everyday world, where debts can easily bring a person to ruin. The poor can easily be exploited, and for this reason Israelite law aimed at protecting them from greedy money-lenders. (For details see LENDING.)

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Debt'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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