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Romans 13_1-7 Godly Citizens

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Secular:

  •  Chris and Stephanie… Mya and Zoe
  • Prepared a skit for us
  • Stephanie due in less than a week
  • So….. when Chris called this morning….
    • And starts with… “we had to go to the hospital last night….”
    • I was prematurely excited
  •  Then I found out about the fever… (she is a home resting)… Chris at her side
  •  We love Good News… we are going to have a baby…
  • Then the reality of pregnancy… parenthood… a blessed mixture of happiness and trials
  • Not so unlike our Gospel hope… hope of the Good news
  •  We love having Saviour
  • We love having the promises of God to cling to…
  • We love knowing God
  • But… like a fever… or dirty diapers…
  • We have to deal with challenges… and face with joy the ramifications of being a child of God and ambassador of Christ.

Biblical:

Romans 13:1-8

1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behaviour, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;

4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.

 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

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A Godly perspective…

1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

  • Foundation of our society… respect for governing authorities
  • Subjection… “In a position of subordination”
  • For the common good… theme in scripture…
    • One we often oppose…. (common good)
    • One another’s
    • Really does take a God centred life…
  • Is God sovereign?
    • Our reaction either acknowledges he is…
      • And Government is his representative
    • Or we deny it ….
      • And “submit” according to our own standard
  • Remember, “For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”
  •  Opposition is opposition to God’s appointed!
  • Penalty?... Condemnation…. hmmmmm
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Expectation….  Christ centred…

    • Condemnation… comes with living ego-centric
    • Condemnation for once
  • Context Roman Empire
  •  To Christians in Rome
  • New Law in Christ…
    • Didn’t understand Christ’s fulfillment of the law
    • Became antinomians
  • Paul is correcting…
  • Tough… Caesar as deity, Apartheid, ego-centric
  • But need to recognize God’s sovereignty…
    • In control / appointed
  • Need to be a testimony to Christ…
  • A Godly perspective…

A godly citizen…

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behaviour, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;

4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

  • Government laws that do not force you to disobey God must be obeyed!
  • That don’t breech God’s law…
  • Taxes… Zoning…. Spending
  • Work with the System….
  • Appeal to Rome….
  • Good citizens, respectful, blessing and blessed…
  • Those who stand against the common good…. Bears the sword
  • Minister of God… for order…
    • God used Egypt… Used Babylon… Used Assyria… used Rome
  • God wants order… parachute… up right
  • Organized society… orients people
  • Even in China obey until conflict
  • Submit… they can’t touch your soul…
  • But you can touch theirs through Christ
  • What about us?
  • Godly Citizens

A godly purpose…

5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.

  • Humility, subjection, obedience
  • Good to develop… good for conscience
  • Smile when you pay Revenue Canada
  • Money to ministers of God
  • Devoting themselves to the administration of society
  • Good citizens are (+)
  • Witness… conscience… testimony
  • 1 Timothy 2:1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
  • It’s good for you
  • It’s good for the gospel
  • A godly purpose…

Godly love and honour….

7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

  • To God… God’s
  • To Caesar… Caesar’s
  • Matt 22:21They said to Him, "Caesar's." Then He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's."
  •  Martin… Harper… Campbell… Layton
  •  Lacking respect?
  • Tax evasion… GST
  • Honour evasion….  Your Mouth
  • Fear (respect) evasion… Your actions
  • Love them… Pray for them… Encourage… use system appropriately…. Honestly
  •  1 Timothy 2:1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
  • Living Christ
  • Living Christ-centred
  • Godly love and honour….

Conclusion:

A Godly perspective…

  •  In Control
  • His Appointed
  • Christ-centred… God Sovereign

A godly citizen…

  • Supporting Order
  • Submit… they can’t touch your soul…
  • But you can touch theirs through Christ
  • Best citizen… Best Witness

A godly purpose….

  • Witness… conscience… testimony
  • It’s good for you
  • It’s good for the gospel

Godly love and honour….

  • Testimony?
  • Tax evasion…
  • Honour evasion….
  • Fear (respect) evasion…
  • Living Christ
  • Living Christ-centred

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