Romans 13

Romans

 

1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof

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  1. 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
    – We are to be subject to a higher power, there is only one God and that is God the father. We are to be subjected to him. What does that really mean? To be subject means to be subjective to God. To be under him. To know we are no better than God. To know we need to follow his commandments, and his rules. Not our own. When we choose not to follow what God tells us to do we are no longer submissive or subject to him. You may ask yourself how does God tell us what to do; that my friend can be found in the Bible. Any power that is given in this world is given or ordained by God himself. You might ask why is there people in power that are evil or does that mean God is ok with evil in this world? That is not what this statement means. I was once told that the book of Romans is the book that is very theologically deep that it is hard to understand and be able to expound upon. They were partially right, it is VERY DEEP. You cant just scrape the book on the surface and expect to get all that God has for you in it. God allows the evil of men based on the hearts of man. You cant just focus on a verse to make everything you believe in but need to dig deeper. You need to take in the WHOLE word of God into account. You need to seek God often and not just from time to time in your life. When you look at the old testament you see God was a loving but just God. You often hear that God in the new testament church is a God of Love, well that is true too, but only partially true. He is a God of Love and RIGHTIOUSNESS. God is a righteousness (that means he will do what is right because he is the measuring stick that right is measured by. All good comes from God and God allows us what we deserve based on the very condition of yours and my heart. The human heart is wicked through and through. The only righteousness we have is the righteousness we have in Christ. When we rebel against God we show God what it is we WANT. At some point he will allow us to have what we WANT and forget giving us what we need. You see examples of this time and time again in the Old Testament. Where you see Israel rebelling against God you see God turning them over to their sin and allowing others to come over them and ruling over them. This would eventually cause the chosen of God to repent and turn and cry out to God. It would be all that would get their attention. Man will always rebel against God because of our sin nature.

    2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
    – When we resist the power and the ordinances (or the laws/rules) of God shall have those they show God they want over them.

    3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
    – The rulers over those that do evil are who should be fearful of the rulers over them. Rulers are not put over those that choose to continually follow God but those who choose to rebel against God.

    4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
    – Again the Bible is trying to further encourage the believer that is following the Lords commandments that a ruler is not there to get him or her into submission but those that are doing evil continually

    5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
    – We are in need of being subject to God. If we have joined ourselves to the wickedness of those around us then we no longer are living for God and therefore have the same fate as those who do wicked.

    6 For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
    – Pay tribute, this is to pay what is due. This would be respect, this would be financially what ever is due them we must pay. God has made them over us for a purpose.

    7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
    – Again the Bible speaks of providing the tribute, the fear who should fear and the honor who is in the position that deserves the honor. Not bu our standards but by whom God has placed over us.

    8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
    – This is a hard verse in today’s world. God tells us we should owe no man anything. Today’s world system has made this almost impossible. Almost is not absolute. We should strive to be in a position today where we are not beholding to any man. When we owe others they are subject over us, they rule over us. We have no other choice but to serve them. This is against what God says and that we should serve God not man, not debt, not things, but SERVE GOD!

    9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    – God reminds us of several of the commandments initially presented to us in Exodus and the rules that still apply today for the believer. You may say well I am under grace not the law, and you would be right. But what does that really mean? Does that mean you don’t need to concern yourself with these rules of the law? Not at all God did not say its OK to start killing folks, or take what ever you want instead he says love God with all your heart mind and soul; and love others as much as you love yourself. If you do these two things to the best of you ability you are doing the will of God. This does not mean you will be perfect, you will stumble, you will fall, but just like a father helping his son he helps us to pick ourselves back up again, dust ourselves off and get right back at it. If you do stumble and fall stop what you are doing. Repent; simply turn from what you are doing, and turn back to God. Ask him to forgive you and to give you strength to carry on His path.

    10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
    – If we love God we will work nothing bad towards our neighbor. We are to love them like we love ourselves. We would not wish ill or evil upon ourselves. We want good things in our lives. By doing this we are fulfilling the law and the laws of Grace.

    11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
    – We need to pay attention to the time. We are not further from God’s salvation but closer every passing second of the day. We are closer than the day we accepted him as our Savior.

    12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
    – We are closer to the day of our salvation therefore stop doing that which is evil, that which is contrary to God but that which is right and acceptable to God. God reminds us that we are to leave the works of darkness (sin) but put on the armour of light (God’s good deeds).

    13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
    – We should walk as God wishes us to walk. Goodness and righteousness not in the darkness of this world and the sins that so easily beset us.

    14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof
    – When we put on the Lord Jesus Christ or follow what his Word says and don’t fulfill the lusts of the things of this world. The things that make our flesh rejoice or that evil that is tucked down inside us we are then serving God.

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