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Romans - Respect for Authority - - Central

Episode Summary

In our culture, we are taught to flee from situations where we are required to submit or subject ourselves to others. But it is Gods message to us through Pauls letter to the Romans that teaches us we are all subject to authority. No one, save God the Father, is free from submission to someone. Jesus submits to the Father. We submit to Jesus. And, in an earthly sense, we all submit to someone; our earthly parents, our spouse, our government. Like it or not, we are all subjects. But Paul explains that this is not a bad thing. In fact, it is by design. Yet due to our bent-ness to sin, we kick and fight against submission with all we have got. Part of our transformation (Romans 12:1-2) is responding to Gods incredible mercy by submitting and respecting those placed in authority over us. It is Gods will to govern the world through human civil authority. Our submission to that authority is more than obeying laws. It is also respecting the leaders in play. This applies to our temporal state of this world, and the economy we find ourselves in. It also applies to the eternal economy of Gods Kingdom. Romans 13:1 - 7

Episode Notes

In our culture, we are taught to flee from situations where we are required to submit or subject ourselves to others. But it is Gods message to us through Pauls letter to the Romans that teaches us we are all subject to authority. No one, save God the Father, is free from submission to someone. Jesus submits to the Father. We submit to Jesus. And, in an earthly sense, we all submit to someone; our earthly parents, our spouse, our government. Like it or not, we are all subjects. But Paul explains that this is not a bad thing. In fact, it is by design. Yet due to our bent-ness to sin, we kick and fight against submission with all we have got. Part of our transformation (Romans 12:1-2) is responding to Gods incredible mercy by submitting and respecting those placed in authority over us. It is Gods will to govern the world through human civil authority. Our submission to that authority is more than obeying laws. It is also respecting the leaders in play. This applies to our temporal state of this world, and the economy we find ourselves in. It also applies to the eternal economy of Gods Kingdom.
Romans 13:1 - 7