Book of Romans, Part 12, Chapter 13

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I’m preaching this Sunday on THE BOOK OF ROMANS
Today’s Text is Chapter 13. This is Part 12.

Join with us now as I give you an exposition on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

From Chapter 12, we learned that our service for the Lord is to be lived in the outliving of the in-living Christ. This means the believer’s responsibility is to serve God in love. It also means that our "self" is to be sacrificed by the “renewing of our mind”. And the “renewing of our mind” is one saturated with and controlled by the Word of God. Paul taught that we should not be "lacking in zeal" and, that as much as it is possible, we are to live at peace with others.

In Chapter 13, Paul then shifts his subject to the Christian and his relationship to the government. In verses 1 - 7, he states that this relationship requires submission to governing authorities because human government represents God's authority. To resist it is to resist God and to incur judgment. Governmental authorities are agents of God for good and good citizenship is required of a Christian. This is in order to avoid God's displeasure and to have a good conscience. This is, of course, when the governmental laws do not violate God’s laws. For example: The state of Florida recently reversed a law that was still “in the books” about co-habitation. Up until recently, it was illegal to live together or share a common home outside of marriage. The punishment included jail time and fines. But to be “socially acceptable” and “politically correct”, the State reversed that law and is now okay. However, it still violates the laws of God. It’s called lasciviousness, fornication and adultery.

Another example would be to worship another god, or add other gods to our worship. Any god, anyone else or anything else, other than Jehovah God, clearly violates God’s laws, yet it is acceptable under governmental laws.

The most recent and controversial violation of God’s law would be that of homosexuality. This would include lesbianism and transgender issues. God’s law is very clear that these are violations of God’s law. And once again it’s called lasciviousness, fornication and adultery.

But, it is also very clear, it is acceptable in our governmental law. And let me make it very clear that God does indeed love those who break His law. He just cannot and will not pronounce blessing upon those who violate His laws. And neither can He or will He accept those who continuously break His laws and refuse to repent from their sin into heaven. Yet, because of God’s love, He will accept their repentance and forgive them their sins, if they turn from their wicked ways. In fact, when a sinner repents and turns from their wicked ways, God will not only forgive them, but He is then free to pour upon them blessings, as they serve Him in love. And that not only shows their love for God, but the sacrifice of the flesh.

The apostle Paul then explains the reason for good citizenship and responding in love in the remaining verses of this chapter (8 - 14). God's law of love is a potent force for a law-abiding life (both governmental and Godly laws). It crystallizes our duty to fellow citizens and fulfills the law of God (See Leviticus 19:18; and Exodus 20:13 - 17). The urgency of the times is a call to Godly living. It is time to be awakened, and time to live soberly, clean and pleasing to God. When Paul stated, "for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed" (verse 11), means we are closer to the full result of salvation in glorification; which means, we will be fully glorified when we get to heaven. The essence of good citizenship, and Godly living, while still living here in this life, is outlined in the putting on of Christ as a garment, and putting off lusts and lasciviousness as a soiled garment. Paul stated this to motivate believers to a holy living.

In verse 14, “make no provision” has the basic meaning of planning ahead or forethought. Most sinful behavior results from wrong ideas and lustful desires we allow to linger in our minds. For James 1:14 and 15 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (NKJV). That death is a spiritual death. A separation of fellowship with God. For when we are tempted, we should run to our prayer closet and ask God for deliverance from the evil that is coming at us. For someone once said, “That if you haven’t ran into the devil today, you are probably going the same way he is”. But the bible says in James 4:7, to “submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee”.

I’m Dr. Robby sharing His Word, His Work, His Way