|Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.|
|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.|
|Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.|
|Romans 13:1 |
be subject. This Gr. word was used of a soldier's absolute obedience to his superior officer. Scripture makes one exception to this command: when obedience to civil authority would require disobedience to God's Word (Ex. 1:17; Dan. 3:16-18; 6:7, 10; see notes on Acts 4:19, 20; 5:28, 29).
governing authorities. Every position of civil authority without regard to competency, morality, reasonableness, or any other caveat (1 Thess. 4:11, 12; 1 Tim. 2:1, 2; Titus 3:1, 2).
there is no authority except from God. Since He alone is the sovereign ruler of the universe (Pss. 62:11; 103:19; 1 Tim. 6:15), He has instituted 4 authorities on earth: 1) the government over all citizens; 2) the church over all believers; 3) the parents over all children; and 4) the masters over all employees.
appointed. Human government's authority derives from and is defined by God. He instituted human government to reward good and to restrain sin in an evil, fallen world.
MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Ro 13:1). : Word Pub.
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Our duty as citizens is to obey and pray for all our leaders (1 Tim. 2:1, 2).
Thomas Nelson, I. (1997, c1995). Woman's study Bible . (Ro 13:8). : Thomas Nelson.