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Carl Westerlund :: Romans 13:1-7 - Obeying Governmental Authority

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Romans in Outline No. 119

1.1  THE COMMAND: BE SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY

Romans 13:1a

2.1  Reason #1: Governmental authority God–given

Romans 13:1b-2

3.1  GOD IS ULTIMATE AUTHORITY

3.2  GOD DELEGATES GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY

3.3  RESISTING GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY IS RESISTING GOD

3.4  RESISTING GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY BRINGS JUDGMENT

2.2  Reason #2: For wrath’s sake

Romans 13:3-4

3.1  GOVERNMENT CREATES FEAR FOR LAW–BREAKERS

3.2  GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITIES REPRESENT GOD

3.3  CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS FOUNDATIONAL TO GOVERNMENT

2.3  Reason #3: For conscience’s sake

Romans 13:5

2.4  The supplemental teaching

1 Peter 2:13-15

3.1  WE OBEY ALL THE LAWS

3.2  WE OBEY “FOR THE LORD’S SAKE” (THE WILL OF GOD — 1 Peter 2:15)

3.3  WE RECOGNIZE DELEGATED AUTHORITY

3.4  WE BECOME GOOD WITNESSES TO OTHERS

2.5  The exception: When obeying man means disobeying God

1.2  THE APPLICATION

2.1  The specific issue:

3.1  THE PAYMENT OF TAXES

Romans 13:6a

3.2  THE REASON

Romans 13:6b

2.2  The more general principle: Pay what is due

Romans 13:7

3.1  TAXES

3.2  CUSTOMS

3.3  FEAR

3.4  HONOR

Romans 13:1-7

1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (NKJV)

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