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In the Lord’s Prayer as recorded by Matthew, there is this: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Jesus did not stop talking there; he said, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you[.]” And in Luke, “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.”

For a time, I thought the usage of the word “debt” was just a peculiarity of the translators, and that it was really the same word as “sin”. It is not; in the Greek it is “something owed; a debt”.

This led me to further investigate the use of financial-related terms used in the New Testament—especially by the apostle Paul—with some surprising results.


Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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