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    Bible Study - Thread: be subject to the government

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      be subject to the government

      Romans 13:1-2 says
      "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."

      I'm sure one of the original reasons that these verses were written was so that the early believers would understand they still had an obligation to the government to obey the laws and do things like pay taxes. How do you think these verses apply to us today?

      The word to be in subjection is the transliterated word hypotasso which means
      to arrange under, to subordinate

      to subject, put in subjection

      to subject one's self, obey

      to submit to one's control

      to yield to one's admonition or advice

      to obey, be subject

      The word authorities is the word exousia can be universally or have local meaning such as a local governing authority the definition is:

      power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases

      leave or permission

      physical and mental power

      the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises

      the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)

      the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)

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      This is from Coffman's commentary on the Bible Romans 13

      Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). His kingdom lies, for the most part, within a sector totally removed and separated from the secular state, that institution being also "ordained of God" but charged with a different function, that of preserving order upon earth. Christ himself honored God's ordained institution, the state, ordered the payment of taxes to Caesar (Matthew 22:21), declared that the authority of the procurator, Pontius Pilate, was given to him "from above" (John 19:11), prophetically identified the armies of Vespasian and Titus as those of God himself sent for the purpose of destroying those evil men and burning their city, the city of Jerusalem (Matthew 22:7), submitted to arrest, even illegal and unjust arrest (Matthew 26:47-56), refused to allow Peter to defend with the sword against such an outrage, and meekly accepted the death penalty itself, which the state unjustly exacted, and which Christ had ample means of avoiding (Matthew 26:53), but did not.

      https://www.studylight.org/commentar...romans-13.html

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