Studying the Truths of the New Testament | 05
The discipline of study involves engaging God’s Word which is declared to be profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Read or listen to Romans 13.
Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the one in authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval. For it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For it is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath but also because of your conscience. And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s servants, continually attending to these tasks. Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.
Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.
Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, because now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to gratify its desires.
How does Paul command the Roman church to view their governing authorities? How
does that make you feel as a 2024 reader? How are we tempted to avoid this passage?
How could this passage be misused?
The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.
In addition to our mentors from the Bible, our siblings in Christ also serve as guides in our journey of growth in knowledge of the Lord.
Watch this video. What is one aspect of this week’s topic you will seek to study, reflect on, and pray over this week?
Lord, we pray for all those who are in authority. Empower them to use their responsibilities in such a way that those under their care may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:2).