16. The Two Debtors
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
The Parable of the Two Debtors
(Only in Luke 7:40-50)
“God is love.” You and I may have a degree of love in us, but we can’t say we are love. But God is love, and so love is the motivator of everything he does. My second gospel coaching session is on the unconditional love of God for us. We only love
because God first loves us (I John 4:10, 19).
Here, we find Jesus in the home of a Pharisee. We often joke about them, but they were very devoted— devout to their own faith more than most Christians are today. When Mary entered the house to wash Jesus’ feet, the Pharisee actually thought she was defiling Jesus because he let a sinner like her touch him. To him, she was making him unclean.
He didn’t SAY it but just THOUGHT it!
Jesus then spoke to his thoughts. Just our thinking
is prayer and communication with God.
We don’t have to speak.
We always think, so we always pray and communicate with God.
Paul says, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thes 5:17).
We actually do this in our thoughts.
The truth is we all need forgiveness. Paul says he was ‘chief of sinners.’ The more we realize our need for forgiveness, the more we can receive that forgiveness, and the more love we both experience and impart to others. This is the point of the parable.
Mary (she may have been Mary Magdalene) knew she was a sinner. The Pharisee, due to his pride and self-righteousness, didn’t think he was a sinner. Thus he didn’t need forgiveness and he was cold and hard hearted.
A person who is not forgiving and loving has not truly experienced God’s forgiveness and love for them. They are probably still trying to earn it.
The more we experience God’s love the more we transmit it to both God and others. It goes back to the oldest truth in the Bible: “Things grow after their own kind” (Gen 1).
It is most often criticism and judgment (that the Pharisee showed) that keeps us from loving others. Again, the gospel makes us all equals. We are not to look down on others, or look up to others. This is not born in humility but in pride. It destroys love.
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.
Next: The Parable of the Divided Inheritance