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God Ordains Government.

Romans 13:1-7


NKJV 1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. NKJV


Introduction:  Most of us would say we are proud to live in these United States. We thrill to the of the singing of the National Anthem, God bless America and "I'm proud to be an American."

I am very pleased Major League Baseball begins their games with the National Anthem, and quite often has someone sing, “God Bless America.


I would like to read a poem that further expresses that sentiment.


I AM AN AMERICAN

"Just for today we chanced to meet, Down upon the crowded street;


And I wondered whence he came, Where was once his nation's name?


So I asked him, "Tell me true, Are you Pole or Russian Jew?


English, Irish, German, Prussian, French, Italian, Scotch, or Russian?


Belgian, Spanish, French Moravian, Dutch, Greek, or Scandinavian?"


Then he raised his head on high, And he gave me his reply:


`What I was is naught to me, In this land of liberty,


In my heart and man to man, I am just AMERICAN!'"


1.       THE . . PLACE OF GOVERNMENT. v 1-2

2.       THE . . PRAISE OF GOVERNMENT. v 3-6

3.       THE . . PROVISION OF GOVERNMENT.



1.       The . .Place of Government. 13:1-2

             1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.


A.         The place of Government . . Established By God. v 1

             1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.


            1.         Establishment stated from the Positive. v 1 a

            2.         Establishment stated from the Negative. v 1 b

 

Verse 1                       Nine duties of citizens:

1.         To be subject to civil government (Ro 13:1; Tit 3:1;

2.         To do good (Ro 13:4; Tit 3:1).

3.         To pay taxes (Ro 13:1-7; Mt 22:17-21).

4.         To render dues to all people (Ro 13:7).

5.         To honor civil rulers (Ro 13:1-7; Ex 22:28; Ac 23:5;

6.         To pray for civil rulers (1 Ti 2:1-2).

7.         To obey civil laws (Ro 13:1-7; Ezr 7:26).

8.         Do not curse rulers (Ecc 10:20).

9.         To work for peace (Ro 12:18).


B.         The place of Government . . Endorsed by God. 13:2

             2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.


            1.         Endorsement of the Control of Government. v 2 a

            2.         Endorsement of the Condemnation of Government. v 2 b


Illustration:   IN GOD WE TRUST

The familiar motto, "In God We Trust," which appears on most of our coins, has a somewhat odd and interesting history. Its appearance there is due directly to a Maryland farmer who, in November, 1861, wrote to the then Secretary of the Treasury stating that since we claim to be a God-fearing, Christian people, we might at least make some recognition of the Deity on our coinage.

            Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase, referred the letter to James Pollock, Director of the Mint, for serious consideration. Pollock enthusiastically endorsed the suggestion and immediately two mottoes, "Our Country, Our God," and "God Our Trust," were proposed.

            Chase had the matter presented to the Congress at their next session, which was in 1862, but nothing was done about it. Again the following year it was brought up, but still nothing was done.

            Our country, at this time, was being racked by civil war. The national spirit was slowly ebbing, a crisis was nearing. Realizing this, Chase made one last appeal in 1864.


The motto, "God Our Trust," he offered as his chief argument.

"It is taken from our national hymn, The Star-Spangled Banner,"

“and this be our moto in God is our trust.” he said, "and is a sentiment familiar to every citizen of our country; it has thrilled millions of American freemen. The time is propitious. Now in this time of national peril, our strength and salvation must be of God."

            Secretary Chase won his plea. The Congress authorized the coining of a two-cent piece upon which was to be stamped the motto, "In God We Trust," in place of the old "E Pluribus Unum." The following year, on March 3, 1865, the Director of the Mint was further authorized to place the new motto on all gold and silver coins, thus fulfilling the words of Francis Scott Key in his poem, The Star-Spangled Banner:    "Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto, `In God is our trust." --Courtesy Moody Monthly.


Application:


Recently I received an Email from the DOM of Mineral Area Baptist Assoc. in Farmington. The Email spoke about people for sometime thinking there was luck attached to finding a penny.


This Email shared about a very rich man who would always pick up coins on the street. When asked why he said, “because it speaks of God on the coin and I ask myself if I am really placing all my trust in the Lord.” I will from now on pick up every coin I see, and ask myself the same question.


God has A . .Place For Government.



2.       God Has . . Praise of Government. v 3-5

             3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake.


A.         Praise From The Servant of God As They . . Reward

             Good Conduct . . 13:3-4 a

                          3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God's minister to you for good.

            1.          Good conduct . . Removes the Fear of Government. v 3

             2.          Good conduct . . Recognizes the Fairness of Government. v 4 b


B.         Praise For The Servant of God As They . .

             Reprimand Evil Conduct. 13:4b-5

             “. . . But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake.

            1.         Wrathful conduct may brings a . . . Sword. v 4 b

            2.         Wrathful conduct should bring . . . Submission. v 5


Ro 13:5 Fear is perhaps the lowest motive for Christian obedience; a Spirit directed conscience lifts us to a higher level. (Wiersbe's Expository Outlines)


Illustration:   TOPIC: Praise to God INDEX: 1451-1454          DATE: 2/1990.12

A few years ago wrapping up Johnny Carson's Tonight Show 27th anniversary program he had Orel Hershiser as a guest. Johnny said to Orel, “I understand you sing between innings to help calm yourself, what do you sing?” Orel was a little bashful about singing, but John insisted. So Orel started singing the Doxology.


Carson recalled that Hershiser, an outspoken Christian, caught him a bit off guard by actually singing the song on the live program, but added that he was "moved" by it. Carson chose the taped segment to conclude his prime-time television special.


Application:


             God has A . . Place For Government.


                          God Has . . Praise of Government. v 3-5



3.       The . . Provision of Government. 13:6-7

             6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.


A.         Provision for Government to receive. . Taxes. 13:6

             6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing.

                        1.         Taxes to Pay for . . Servants. v 6a

                        2.         Taxes to Pay for . . .Service. v 6b


B.         Provision for Government to receive.. Tribute

             7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

                        1.         The tribute of Tax. v 7a

                                       7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes

                                       are due,

                        2.         The tribute of Custom.       v 7b

                                       “. . . customs to whom customs,. . .”

            "Tribute" on "persons:" "custom" on "goods." (Vincent's Word Studies)

                        3.         The tribute of Fear. v 7c

                                       “. . . fear to whom fear, . . .”

                  4.          The tribute of Honor.

                                       “. . . honor to whom honor.”

                                       1.          First Time I was in an assembly


Illustration:     Christ's Attitude Toward His Country

1.          Loved His Country, "His own county" (Matt. 13:54, 57).

 

2.          Kept its laws, refusing to be made a king, or to start a political revolution (John 6:15)

 

3.          Recognized right of taxation (Mark 12:17), and paid taxes (temple tax, Matt. 17:24-27).

 

4.          Recognized the claim of His country (Matt. 10:6; Luke 24:47).

 

5.          Warned the Nation of its perils (Matt. 23:37-39).

 

6.          Rebuked its officials (Matt. 23:1-36).

 

7.          Wept over its sins and impending doom (Luke 19:41-44).


Application:     

1.          THE PLACE OF GOVERNMENT. v 1-2

2.          THE PRAISE OF GOVERNMENT. v 3-5

3.          THE PROVISION OF GOVERNMENT. V 6-7