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Romans 13:1 - There is no authority except that which God has established

NIV 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.
KJV 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.
NASBEvery 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


Believers are to be model citizens, known as law abiding not rabble-rousing, obedient rather than rebellious, respectful of government rather than demeaning of it. We must speak against sin, against injustice, against immorality and ungodliness with fearless dedication, but we must do it within the framework of civil law and with respect for civil authorities.

MacArthur, J. (1996, c1991, c1994). Romans (216). Chicago: Moody Press.

"be subject"

This Greek 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).

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Ro 13:1). Nashville: Word Pub.

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