New Defender's Study Bible Notes
7:12 even so to them. This is the so-called Golden Rule of conduct. This is not meant to be a prerequisite for salvation, for no person ever obeys this rule perfectly, any more than he keeps the ten commandments perfectly, which it summarizes and applies. It was spoken only to believers, already presumed to be saved by faith and given as a standard by which they should seek to order their personal lives. Love for God and love for one’s neighbor also summarize all “the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40; Romans 13:8-10).