Neglected Biblical Truths

The Bible is clear, it is God who puts in place those in authority; respect them

Neglected Biblical Truths
Governing Authorities – Part I

Scripture Reading: Romans 13:1-7

Key Verse: Romans 13:1
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Today’s Key Verse is a scriptural truth with which many Christ-followers struggle.

In the world we live in it is hard to understand how God has put some people into their positions of authority. It is even harder to submit and respect many of them. Yet, there is no getting around Scripture; true Christ-followers believe in the infallible Word of God. Thus, we must respond to Romans 13:1-7 and be obedient to it!

Let’s break down today’s Scripture Reading.

Romans 13:2 instructs us that anyone rebelling against authority rebels against what God has instituted and faces God’s judgement. “Rebel” means committing crimes against the general laws of the land that those in authority uphold. We may not respect those in authority positions, but we face God’s judgement if we break laws.

Romans 13:3 points out that we are free from fear of the authorities when we follow the law.

Romans 13:4 reminds us that authorities are God’s servants that He sends for our good. In other words, God knew that in an evil world there must be those in authority who keep order and peace. There needs to be punishment for doing wrong; thus we need people to bring that punishment to those who do wrong.

Romans 13:5 reminds us that we Christ-followers must submit to the laws of the land and thus to those who enforce them. We are to be obedient to these laws, not simply because we do not want to face punishment, but because of our faith.

Romans 13:6-7 instructs us Christ-followers to pay our taxes. The government needs to pay its workers and they are serving God in what they do. Most people, including far too many Christ-followers, do not see paying taxes as being obedient to God. Those who want payment in cash to avoid taxes disobey these scriptures.

Being obedient to all of God’s Word brings blessings here on earth as well as blessings in the next world that are eternal.

The Bible tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). This simply means that once we become aware of an instruction of God and sense a deep conviction by the Holy Spirit, we obey out of our sincere respect for God’s authority.

The question that true Christ-followers ask is not whether it is fair, or do I agree with the authorities, but whether am I going to be obedient to God.

Father, help me to trust Your Word and be completely obedient to all that You ask of me. May my life shine bright for You in this dark world. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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