(1) Walk Thru The Word:  Romans 13: 1-4 (ESV)

God’s People Promote Good Governmental Authority

1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

(2) Message map Rom. 13: 1 – 4

The Book of Romans: Session 20

God’s Good People Promote Good Governmental Authority

(3) Rom 13: 1, & 3-4 Can One Deny That God Wants Government To Be Good?

Rom 3: 1-4 contains these phrases:

1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  = God institutes authority.

3… rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. = God’s plan is for rulers are to be a terror to bad conduct.

3… you have no fear of the one who is in authority do what is good, =m = We should not fear doing what the Bible calls good.

3… you will receive his approval, 4for he is God’s servant for your good.  = Authority serves God by doing and approving what is good!

God established civil gov’t in Gen 9:5-6 ‘And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.  “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.’  God established civil gov’t in Gen 9:5-6 ‘And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another… Click To Tweet

God established that some humans would act as the civil authority to administer His justice. 

In Gen 9:1-3 ‘Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.  The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands.  Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.’

Gen 11:1-9 ‘Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.  As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.  Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.  The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.  That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.’

(4) Rom 13: 1, & 3-4 God works to get Government To Be Good!

Genesis 12: 3 God told Abraham … in you all the families/kindred/people/nations/tribes of the earth shall be blessed. (understand how to kneel before God to receive the grace of salvation through faith – Gen 15:6).

God’s plan of salvation includes discipling us, so God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven for all people, tribes and nations. (Acts 10:34, Hebrews 13:8)

Acts 10:34 God is no respecter of persons, and shows no favoritism/partiality. = God treats everyone the same.  John 3:16 = “whosoever” believes …

Heb. 13:8 Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,

Rex Lex means the king is Law. Lex Rex means the LAW is king / Supreme. God works to conform gov’t to His Will.  

 (5) Israel was To be an example to the nations as God’s guide to good government

The Queen of SHEBA celebrated God’s work and wisdom through Solomon (1 Kings 10, 2 Chronicles 9, Matthew 12:42, Luke 11:31)

Sheba = a territory in S.W. Arabia, also the name of one or more descendant of Noah

Genesis 10:7 — The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. And the sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.

Sheba is the name of three early progenitors of tribes and of an Ethiopian district — Sheba, Sabeans.

Of Sheba, Barnes says … There’s some question “whether the “queen of Sheba” was an Ethiopian or an Arabian princess. Both countries profess to have traditions connecting their history with a queen of Sheba, as in both countries, curiously enough for the areas, government by queens was common. But the claims of Arabia decidedly preponderate , and the Arabian Sheba was the great spice country of the ancient world; whereas Ethiopia furnished no spices.

Also, the Arabian Sheba was an important kingdom. Sheba in Ethiopia was a mere town, subject to Meroe. And it may be doubted whether the Cushite Sheba of Scripture Genesis 10:7 is not rather to be sought on the shores of the Persian Gulf (Genesis 10:7 note), from where no one supposes “the queen of Sheba” to have come. If Ophir be placed in Arabia, there will be an additional reason for regarding Sheba as in the same quarter, because then Solomon’s trade with that place will account for his fame having reached the Sabaean princess.

1 Kings 10: 1 NIV When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the LORD, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.

1 Kings 10: 1 KJV & NAS Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with difficult questions.

Matthew 12:42 & Luke 11:31 The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom (divine intelligence) of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here–but you refuse to listen.

In I kings 10: 8-9, (KJV) the Queen of Sheba says, “8Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. 9Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel forever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

2 Chronicles 9: 7-8 (KJV) records her saying, “7Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. 8Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.

The Queen of Sheba commemorates God’s wisdom manifested through Solomon in

(6) Romans 13: 2 Resisting God Returns Judgment

Romans 13: 2 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resist (sets up against, opposes) what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment (bring judgment on ourselves through an adverse verdict that brings a condemnation. Expresses cause-to-effect, indication, every decision (action) we make carries inevitable eternal results (Ecc 12;14 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.)

Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises (scorns, rejects, takes for granted and disrespects or shows contempt for) the word brings destruction (pays the penalty through perversion and distortion that causes writhing in pain) on himself (Rom 6:23), but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

Evil conspires to get us to despise what the Word of God says we should be in our personal, family and civic lives!

The haters of Christianity and its expression of heaven on earth, which is Christian Western Civilization, of which America had become the pinnacle, are Vatican bred, Communists, work through subversion to undermine America’s Biblical values, which provided social strength and stability, so our way of life grows was and vulnerable. 

Their four stages of subversion are:

Joseph Stalin the architect of Russian Communism, who killed about 70 million people purging his society of so-called Christian Western influence, said: “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism; its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within. “

Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

All those who hate what God has done in our beloved USA work to get us to despise what the Word of God says we should be in our personal, family and civic lives!

The solution is believing God and stand upon His Word – ask Him to work His Word, which is His Will, into our lifestyles! 

Deuteronomy 28: 15- 68 Explains what happens when God responds / reciprocates our resistance with His judgment. 

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(7) Do we get the government God prefers or the government we deserve?

Do we get the Deuteronomy 28: 1-14 government with which God prefers to bless the obedient?

God offers us an if then proposition when He says in Joshua 24:15 “Choose (decide which way you’ll go) this day who you will serve (work for, be enslaved to, worship, be subject to) Full version says, and if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

God is not willing that any should PERISH, (be destroyed, put to death, be consigned to eternal misery) 

Do we get the Deuteronomy 28: 15-68 government that the disobedient deserve?

Deuteronomy 28: 1- 14 = Blessings for Obedience = Apply Bible to Civics

Deuteronomy 28: 15 – 68 = Cursing for Disobedience = “Separation of Church & State.”

The haters of Christianity and its expression of heaven on earth, which is Christian Western Civilization, of which America had become the pinnacle, are Vatican bred, Communists, work through subversion to undermine America’s Biblical values, which provided social strength and stability, so our way of life grows was and vulnerable. 

Their four stages of subversion are:

Joseph Stalin the architect of Russian Communism, who killed about 70 million people purging his society of so-called Christian Western influence, said: “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism; its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within. “

Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

(8) DEUTERONOMY 28:1-32 – Bless God or Bomb Out

Duet 28: 1-6 Obedience = Blessings In Your Cities and Fields, Pregnancies, Food & Provisions

Duet 28: 7-14 Obedience = Blessings In Your Nation’s Foreign Affairs, Your Environment & Work

Duet 28: 15 – 24 Disobedience = Cursed Cities, in the Field, Your Womb & Health

Duet 28: 25-27 Disobedience = Cursed to be defeated & flee before enemies. (1×7 dynamics) We’ll be stricken with what appears boils, tumors and scabs and itch, which cannot be healed. (Venereal Diseases?)

Duet 28: 28-32 Disobedience = Confusion & Groping ‘cause you can’t determine which direction to go. Forfeiture of Prosperity; Loss of Children 32Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless. (Isn’t this what Common Core Education is doing to our children as they are being told to wear Burkahs to school, being desensitized to sexual sin, and taught anti-Biblical values?)

(9) DEUTERONOMY 28:33-57 – Leprosy In Our Land

33A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, (Imbalanced Trade Bills that redistribute wealth). Think of the deceit: Rule of Thumb In Global Economy is move production to distribution & distribution to where the consumers are.  America & the West are still the greatest stable consumer cultures. So why is production, which provides the highest paying jobs being shipped away from US?)

Duet 28: 36-44 Disobedience = 36Another nation’s values shall overrule, & you’ll worship idols. 38 inflation with eat up your efforts, so you’ll work harder to get much less. 43 the immigrant will rise higher than you. 

Duet 28: 45-51 Destruction by Immigration Is What Is Taking Place In Europe & May Soon Be Here. It’s the proverbial “Eating You Out of House and Home” You will serve an enemy nation that will swoop down like the eagle, = rapidly overtake the land. They won’t speak your language (Press 2 for Spanish). They will be from a harsh culture and be 50 a hard-faced people who won’t respect the old nor show mercy to the young.

Duet 28: 52-57 The most civil will crack in the crisis and do terrible things to others.

(10) DEUTERONOMY 28:58- Disobedience Destroys But Obedience Blesses

Duet 28: 58-63 If we obey we get blessed, but disobedience will be accompanied by extraordinary afflictions that dramatically will decrease the population:

Duet 28: 64-68 If we disobey we get scattered to be terrorized by those who worship demon-idols, and who as a result reflect incredible torture and terror on its captives:

(11) The Waves of Reformation from 1320 – 1520 Broke Upon the Shores of Peoples Hearts Leading “Pro-Page 6.

TestamentPeople to Crave The Freedom to read, respond and live The Bible!  

The Reformation Rekindled The Application of The Bible To Civics Which became The Basis of Western Civilization

The Rise of The Morning Starof the Reformation: John Wycliffe (1330-1384)

The Reformation came about like the waves of an invasion that took place when Allied Forces attacked Nazi Germany by the D-Day storming the beaches of Normandy. The first assault forces were dramatically cut down, but subsequent waves came over them and conquered. 

Wycliffe would represent the 1st wave.  Martin Luther would represent the 3rd wave.  Waves also would come from the Zurich, Switzerland Baptists, the Geneva based Reformed faith, the Scottish Presbyterians, and then in England, the Puritans would rise. 

(12) The Waves of Reformation from 1320 – 1520 Broke Upon the Shores of Peoples Hearts Leading Pro-TestamentPeople to Crave The Freedom to read, respond and live The Bible!  

The Reformation Rekindled The Application of The Bible To Civics Which became The Basis of Western Civilization

  1. William TYNDALE 1494 – c. 6 October 1536 could speak seven languages and was proficient in ancient Hebrew and Greek. He was a priest whose intellectual gifts and disciplined life could have taken him a long way in the church—had he not had one compulsion: to teach English men and women the good news of justification by faith.
  1. Montesquieu, wrote in The Spirit of the Laws, 1748, Book 24. Society … must repose on unchanging principles.
  2. James Madison in 1778 said, ”We have staked the whole future of American civilization, … upon the capacity … of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the ten Commandments of God.”

(13) In 1776, America’s Founding Father’s Declared & Codified GOD’s Will for government to secure the inalienable rights He gives We the People.

In The Declaration of Independence, they stated

The Declaration of Independence says …  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”

The Bill of Rights Applied God’s Laws To Civics, Which Is The Only Way For God’s Will To Be Done On Earth Through Government As It Is In Heaven …

(14) Rom 13: 1-4 does not call us to a blind obedience to sinful government.

Born Again People Support Politics That are based on the Bible.  Born Again People (John 3:3-18) Who Are Called By God’s Name (Christians) Apply The Bible To Every Aspect of Life, including Civics”

Rom 13: 1-4 does not call us to a blind obedience to sinful government.

Eph 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

  1. Caring-for the poor is providing them the opportunity to pursue life, liberty & happiness, not abusing gov’t power to redistribute wealth.
  2. foreigners are wronged when they are encouraged to sin against God in sanctuary cities that allow them to shed innocent blood

(15) Each generation Can Be A Born Again People (John 3:3-18) Who Are Called By God’s Name (Christians) & Apply The Bible To Every Aspect of Life, including Civics”

Each generation can be a “Born Again People (John 3:3-18) who are called By God’s Name, as CHRISTIANS who apply the Bible to every aspect of life, including civics” to fulfill 2 Chron. 7:14.

 Born Again people are true John 3: 3-16 children of God, who live as Direct Disciples – not “step-children” of a church.  

(16)   God offers US an If Thenoption 2 Chronicles 7:14

“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

 (17) God’s “IF – THEN” Proposition IF we do our part,

  1. Humble ourselves (See self as God sees us / believe what the Bible says about us.)
  2. Pray (Speak with God & Let God Speak to You)
  3. Seek God’s face (seek a relationship with Him; love Him & His Word & not just want blessings from His hand.)
  4. Turn from our wicked ways, (Repent and do a 180 degree about face towards God.)

(18) If we do our “If” part, God will do His Then” part God Says: “Then”

We must call appropriately for God to hear.

We must ask for forgiveness & repent! 

(19) We Must Be Born Again!

John 3: 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(18) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablishes Us in Our Calls In Christ!

 Let’s Pray:  “God please bless us with Spiritual growth, and humility that enables You to lift us up!”   

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