A few disciples have a mountain top experience with Jesus as witnesses of his Transfiguration. Upon coming down, they find the rest of their group unsuccessfully trying to help a demonized boy.
We declare Jesus to be King of kings, Lord of lords and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. We also declare him to be King, Lord and Ruler over our lives.
May your Kingdom come and your will be done. We ask your help in discerning your will so that we will more faithfully represent Christ as we go about our earthly business. Help us to know how to exercise Christ’s authority in the spiritual realm, in our families, in our church and in our daily community life. Help us to see when we are not doing so, especially when that is the result of a lack of faith. We admit that our faith needs to grow.
Help us also to see all those numerous cases when submission to earthly rulers is the right thing to do. We thank you that we live in a place where we are free to worship you. We pray that you would give those that govern wisdom to govern according to your will. We also pray that you would have mercy on them and lead each of them into a saving knowledge of you.
And finally, we look forward to the soon return of Jesus Christ.
In this passage we will hear Peter’s instructions regarding the Christian attitude toward authority – and it is extremely instructive to us. Writing from Rome, and living under the tyranny of a maniac who would later literally crucify him, he tells us to submit.
It’s interesting. Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach or teach the Bible. Nor does it seem they ever asked Him. But they frequently observed Him praying – the God-Man communing with His Father. On at least one occasion they were motivated to ask Him for a lesson on the topic – so He gave them one. Paul now gives Timothy a brief lesson here.
What was the attitude of the apostles toward the Roman government? Did they organize themselves into rebellious militias? Did they become angry misfits like Unabomber Ted Kaczynski or Timothy McVeigh? Here in Romans 13, a chapter written to the churches in Rome, we’ll read first hand what Paul actually taught regarding a proper attitude towards the government. As it turns out, it was not very controversial.
Read Notes: Rom13.pdf