Date: August 29, 2021
Speaker: Erik Raymond
Series: Romans: The Gospel of God
Scripture: Romans 13:1–13:7
Because God commands it in his Holy Word (1a)
Because their authority comes from God (1b)
Because failure to do so opposes God and provokes his wrath (2, 5)
Because God has established them for our good (3–4)
Because we want to have a clear conscience (5b–7)
There are differences between the public and private spheres (Rom. 12:17–21, 13:3–4).
There are limits to the government’s authority and our requirements for submission (Matt. 22:21; Dan. 3:4–6, 16–18; Acts 4:19–20, 5:29).
We are not required to approve of the government’s policies and actions in order to submit to them (Luke 20:20–26; Rom. 13:7).
We are to pray for those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1–4).
This world is not our home (Phil 3:19–21).