WE WHO ARE IN CHRIST MUST SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES BECAUSE THE BIBLE SO EXPLICITLY SAYS THAT THERE IS NO AUTHORITY EXCEPT THAT WHICH GOD HAS ESTABLISHED. (Rom 13:1) “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
THE BIBLE EMPHATICALLY SAYS THAT ANYONE WHO REBELS AGAINST THE AUTHORITY IS REBELLING AGAINST WHAT GOD HAS INSTITUTED, AND THOSE WHO DO SO WILL BRING JUDGMENT ON THEMSELVES. (Rom 13:2) “Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
HERE IS ANOTHER BIBLICAL TRUTH THAT DOES NOT SET WELL WITH OTHERS; THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS GOD’S SERVANT AND THAT IT WAS GIVEN A “SWORD” TO TAKE LIVES IF NECESSARY TO PRESERVE PEACE AND ORDER IN THE LAND. (Rom 13:4) “For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”
FIRST, WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT THE WORLD IS ALREADY CONDEMNED BECAUSE THEY REJECTED THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD AND IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME FOR GOD TO POUR HIS WRATH ON THE EARTH. (John 3:18) “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN GOD’S SIGHT IS ALWAYS CONNECTED TO THE SACRIFICIAL DEATH OF HIS SON ON THE CROSS; AND THAT IS THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF HIS GRACE TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
FOR THIS REASON HE ESTABLISHES GOVERNMENTS TO PUT UP INFRASTRUCTURES, LIKE ROADS, TRANSPORTATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS AND TO PRESERVE PEACE AND ORDER TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF HIS GRACE.
AS FAR AS GOVERNMENTS ARE CONCERNED, OUR MANDATE IN CHRIST IS TO OBEY.
AS FAR AS THE GOSPEL IS CONCERNED, OUR MANDATE IN CHRIST IS TO GO AND PREACH THE GOSPEL WHILE WE STILL CAN.
GOD’S CONCERN IS NOT TO PROSPER THE NATIONS, BUT TO PROSPER HIS PEOPLE TO FINANCE THE PREACHING OF HIS GOSPEL OF GRACE TO THE WHOLE WORLD AND THEN THE END WILL COME.
(Mat 24:14) “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
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