What Does Romans 13 Mean?   2 comments

What do you think Paul of Tarsus meant when he wrote:

Let every person be subject to the governing authoritiesFor there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of Godand those who resist will incur judgment (for rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad). Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation, for it is God’s servant for your goodBut if you do wrongbe in fearfor it does not bear the sword in vainIt is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjectionnot only because of the wrath of the authorities but also because of your conscience. For this reason you also pay taxesfor the authorities are God’s servants devoted to governingPay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are duerevenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. (Romans 13:1-7)


What do you think this Bible passage means?

2 responses to “What Does Romans 13 Mean?

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  1. It helps to first remember the context in which Paul wrote to the Roman Christians. http://textsincontext.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/romans-13-in-context-sword-pacifism/


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