Studies In The Book Of Romans

(Romans 13:1-7)

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1. Was it God’s design that there be rulers among men?

Yes: “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. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 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” (Romans 13:1-3).



2. Does God approve of rulers executing judgment among men?

Yes: “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: 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” (Romans 13:3-4).





3. Do we need to be in subjection to rulers?

Yes: “Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake” (Romans 13:5).



4. If rulers impose taxes, fines, or fees; must we pay them?

Yes: “For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour” (Romans 13:6-7).




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