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GOD ORDAINED AUTHORITY

September 19, 2016

Monday

 

Government:

 

Romans 13:1

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

When Paul wrote “every person”, he probably had every Christian person in mind, since he was writing to Christians. He was not legislating Christian behavior for unbelievers, but when unbelievers behave this way, the best responses for them prevail.

Subjection,” or submission, involves placing oneself under the authority of another, and doing or not doing what the authority requires. Paul did not say “obey.” Submission includes obedience, but it also includes an attitude from which the obedience springs. Submission involves an attitude of compliance and deference that is not necessarily present in obedience. Submission is essentially support. The Christian might have to disobey his government. Still, in those cases, he or she must still be submissive and bear the consequences of his or her disobedience.

Paul’s reminder is, in effect, to say: since you cannot change the terms under which you live, and since your position is already hazardous, remember the political realities of the politically powerless and live accordingly.

 

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:9

 

 

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