Romans 13

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on August 21, 2016
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Deuteronomy 13:4 Respect and obedience are the right responses to Almighty God.

Romans 13:1
Submission: wives to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-24); children to parents (Ephesians 6:1-3); servants are to submit to masters (Ephesians 6:58); younger believers to their elders (1 Peter 5:5). Believers are to submit to leaders in the church (Hebrews 13:17), and all are to be subject one to another (Ephesians 5:21).

Romans 13:1 and 2
If we do not submit to the laws of the government, we will be judged by those laws. All governments are a temporary necessity in this present evil age to maintain a semblance of order until God’s perfect Kingdom comes.

The word "minister" could also be translated “servant” as it often is in other translations.

Hebrews 11:13
They were persuaded by God’s promises regarding His coming Kingdom to the degree that they determined their lifestyle accordingly.

We are strangers today in this world because our citizenship is reserved in heaven as we await God’s coming Kingdom. Pilgrims are those on a journey to a holy place. Our pilgrimage ends when we enter the Kingdom of God. Strangers and pilgrims do not get all wrapped up in the affairs of the land in which they live. They know their home is elsewhere.

2 Corinthians 5: 17-21
As ambassadors, our citizenship is in God’s coming Kingdom, and we are sent to represent this Kingdom to the world.

1 Peter 2:11 and 12
"Visitation" should be translated “observation.” The day of observation for unbelievers is today.

1 Peter 2:13-17
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man.

Romans 13:6 and 7
Governments cost money; therefore, they levy taxes.

Mark 12:15-17; Matthew 17:24-27
Jesus showed Peter that God would give provision to do what is right in obeying the financial demands of the government.

Romans 13:8
God does not want us to owe anyone because indebtedness may place us in a compromising position to be controlled.

1 John 3:16; 4:11
We owe love because God loved us, and He commands us to love others. Love is the fulfilling of the Law.

Romans 13:9 and 10

Romans 13:11 and 12
We are to maintain an awareness of the urgency of our times.

Romans 13:13 and 14
We must acknowledge the time wasters and cast them off:

Romans 13:14
Casting off and putting on are two separate actions that must be connected. Casting off without putting on is impossible, as is putting on without first casting off.

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