Romans Chapter 13
Updated: May 8, 2021
1 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.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
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:
4 For he is the minister of God 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 God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
This chapter starts out acknowledging the power of God. We should all be in subjection to power. All power is ordained by God. That is why it is a good idea to pray for your leaders. Resisting power is resisting God, anyone who does this will receive damnation. Weather living under evil or just rulers, always do that which is good, and you will receive God's praise. Rulers are appointed by God to do God's will. If you commit evil acts, God give rulers authority to execute wrath upon you.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
This section deals with giving authority what it is due. Always pay your taxes to the ruling powers. Give rulers respect, honor, and have a healthy fear of them.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
This section deals with honoring God and one another. It says that loving one another is the fulfilling of the law. It lists several commandments that deal with wronging people. Then goes on to say that the ultimate commandment would be to love your fellow man as yourself. We should strive to do this everyday.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
This section deals with the Christian life. Encouraging people not to delay, but to get to work right now. It says the day is at hand, let us cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light. We are encouraged to avoid evil people and evil things, and do that which is good. In the day people don't do evil, it is usually at night where evil occurs. We are to live as in the day. We are to live like Jesus and not in the lusts of our flesh.
I hope this study was a blessing to you and I will leave you with the way to heaven, the gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: