Rom. 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of Elohim : the powers that be are ordained of Elohim. 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of Elohim: and they that resist shall receive to themselves judgment. 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 13:4 For he is the minister of Elohim to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of Elohim, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
- Does Romans 13 Tell Us to Obey Every Government.
- Romans 13:1-10 addresses our responsibility to the authority of human government and to the law of Yah.
- Unfortunately, many Christians use this passage to cave in to anything the government tells them to do.
- They become like sheep (also known as "sheeple") headed for the slaughter.
- Absolutely, we need to pay our taxes and adhere to the laws of the land in order to maintain civil peace and an orderly society.
- When the government oversteps it's bounds?
- People who live in a republic, have the obligation to act against abuses of power.
- This is becoming increasingly important as our rights and freedoms are being systematically stripped from us.
Rom. 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of Elohim : the powers that be are ordained of Elohim.
- Paul speaks out plainly and bluntly, and, by placing every civil gov. under Yah, he radically altered the nature of politics.
Rom. 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.
- The terror or fear required in vs. 3 is a religious one, Yah-centered, because it is Yah’s order and Yah’s restraint on sin that is at stake.
- This terror is thus with respect to Yah and His law order, not man’s.
- Paul not only places civil gov. under Yah, but he implicitly and surely requires that civil gov. comply with Yah’s law.
- This is clear from Paul’s references to civil gov: it is ‘ordained of Yah,’ as are all things, and, like everything else in the universe, must serve Yah.
- V-1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of Elohim : the powers that be are ordained of Elohim.
- Both words, ordained and subject, have reference to a Yah-established order, and both every man and every ruler are placed under that order with a duty to comply to it.
Acts. 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey Yahweh rather than men.
- This verse applies equally to the subject and the ruler, to the state and to the citizen. There are no exemptions from Yah’s law.
- Man’s law must be rooted in Yah’s laws.
- A gov. that defies the laws of Yah is heading for disaster.
- Paul is not requiring an unquestioning submission to all authority.
- He is saying that we cannot without sin challenge the fact of authority in any sphere, family, church, state, or elsewhere.
- He is generalizing, although civil gov is clearly in mind.
- A person’s relationship to civil gov. was a problem for the early church , as it should be today also.
- The fundamental confession of the early church was ‘Yahshua is Master’ or Sovereign
Phil. 2:9-11 Wherefore Yahweh also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 2:10 That at the name of Yahshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Yahshua Messiah is Master, to the glory of Yahweh the Father.
- This, however, ran counter to the claim of Rome that Caesar was Master or sovereign.
- Paul answers the question, can we obey Caesar, who claims to be our Master”
- Paul’s answer is that Caesar is the ‘minister of Yah,’ i.e., servant. We obey Caesar as Yah’s servant, not as a sovereign.
- Paul tells us that every kind of authority and every civil gov. lives in Yah’s world under Yah’s gov.