Introduction to Romans – Week 5 – Chapter 13

Romans – Week 5 – Chapter 13

1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 

2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 

3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 

4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 

5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 

7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.

  •  Michelle told me to skip this chapter.  I should have listened.  
  • This does not say “Obey every law”
  • Christians should “respect” the law and comply whenever possible.  
  • When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He was told that Satan would give Him all the same power that was given to him.- implying that even Satan’s power was given to him by God.  
  • When is it appropriate to blatantly disobey the law? 

Hot take- Pray for our leaders and understand that God allows them to be where they are. Give them their due. At the same time, follow the lead of Daniel, Peter, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when it comes to laws that infringe upon our relationship with God.

Daniel resisted the law in Daniel 6:1-9 (see notes)

Peter declined the Sanhedrin mandate that he stop preaching in Acts 4 (see notes

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego wouldn’t bow down in Daniel 3 (see notes)

8 Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 

9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.”[a] These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b

10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

  • The act of borrowing and lending were not condemned by Jesus.
  • Last 5 commandments summed up in one easily quotable phrase “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 

12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 

13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 

14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

  • This is Paul’s “Win one for the Gipper” speech, essentially outlining that time is running out and there’s a sense of urgency to be saved.
  • As saved people, lets live like saved people
  • When you are controlled by the Holy Spirit, your thought life will be godly. When your thought life is godly, your actions will follow.

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