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Romans 13:1-4

Posted in Romans, Romans 13

Romans 13:1-4

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Rom. 13:1a (Holman) “Everyone must submit to the governing authorities,”

Good Christians will be good citizens. This emphasis is needed because Christians have a strong reason to hate governments–one crucified our master.

The situation was made worse in the first century by the fact Israel hated to submit to Rome’s heathen authority. Israel was always in an uproar, stirring up trouble against their Gentile rulers. The Jews, expecting their Messiah to be a political ruler who would overthrow the yoke of Rome, were seeking to be subversive, not submissive. Rebellions were always breaking out among them.

Jews at Rome were especially notorious troublemakers. In 49 A.D., Emperor Claudius expelled Jews from Rome. Suetonius, a Roman historian, said this banishment was due to agitations centering around a certain “Chrestos,” probably a misnomer for Christ. They evidently argued among themselves about Christ.

Claudius’ successor, Nero, relaxed the edict. As Jews, some of whom were Christians, re-entered Rome, Paul knew they had to be careful in their dealings with government. Therefore, the directive, “Submit to the governing authorities.”

Rom. 13:1b “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God.”

Government is a permanent institution created by God for the regula

Confession. Thanksgiving. Supplication

Posted in Acts, Acts 4, New Testament

Acts 4:25-26 (Part 2)

Confession. Thanksgiving. Supplication

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

After the lame man was healed, and 5000 became Christ-followers, Peter and John were released by the religious leaders, and went to celebrate with their fellow believers, who voiced a prayer of praise that came straight from the Bible.

Acts 4:25-26 (Holman) You said through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David Your servant; “Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples plot futile things? The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers assembled together against the Lord and against His Messiah.”

This quote of Psalm 2:1-2 is one of many examples we could use of people in the Bible praying words of the Bible. This has caused us to ask, if God promises something, why should we pray about it? If God is sovereign, why pray at all?

The acronym ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) is helping us. We pray, first, because God deserves our adoration. We also pray due to our need to ever be confessing our sins. We must pray in order to live holy lives.

“Prayer is the lungs of holiness. . . .Prayer and sinning cannot keep company with each other. One or the other must of necessity stop” (E. M. Bounds). “Prayer is a reminder to yourself, as well as a declaration to the enemy, that you know he’s there. That you’re on to him” (Priscilla Shirer