This morning as we start in chapter 13, I want to share with you a brief overview of the first seven verses that we won’t cover in this morning sermon.
Paul begins by talking about our relationship to government. God says that the way we relate to our government is an indication of our commitment to Christ. The Bible states three very clear truths about government.
1. Civil government is a part of God's purpose for the world. It's divinely appointed by God. That's what Paul starts off by saying in 13:1 "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities for there is no authority except that which God has established." The authorities which exist have been established by God (v. 2).
2. Government leaders are servants of God. V. 3-4 "For rulers hold no terror for those who do right but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from the fear of the one in authority? Do what's right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong then be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing, he is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."
3. Civil government is only temporary. 1 Cor. 15:24 says eventually God will abolish all human forms of government and we will be governed by the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ will be the king. Phil. 2 tells us that one day every knee is going to bow, every tongue is going to confess that Jesus is Lord and we will serve God in His kingdom and all other forms of government will be dealt with. No matter what form of government we’re under, it's just temporary.
Pastor Roy Holmquist
* Extracted from our November 18th, 2017 Sunday Worship Bulletin.