The Powers That Be

"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." (Romans 13:1)

In our country we vote for the men and women who will lead us. Their beliefs and philosophies will impact our lives far beyond their specific terms in office. The choice we make is both a rare privilege and an awesome responsibility.

There are three perspectives that would be good for us to review as we prepare to exercise this duty.

First to consider is what this will require of us as subjects of those who are appointed over us. We will be required to:

Then, there is the anticipated behavior of what we should expect them to do. They should:

  • Be a terror to evil works (Romans 13:3).
  • Exercise the "sword" of judgment against those who do evil (Romans 13:4).
  • Promote a "quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty" (1 Timothy 2:2).

Punish evil and praise good (1 Peter 2:14).

Finally, all who ultimately are placed in authority over men are there by God's appointment (our text). Sometimes the most unassuming are raised up (1 Samuel 2:8) or the evil leader is used to demonstrate God's power (Romans 9:17). We must seek God's will in our choices, but we can be assured that He is in charge (Psalm 11:4). HMM III

Series: 
New Testament
Book: 
Romans
Verses: 
13:1
Article Type: 
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