All Order is of God
- Date: March 22, 2013
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "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. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation." (Romans 13:1-2)
- From I Will Build My Church
"The powers that be are ordained of God" (Romans 13:1). He tells us later in this chapter that these powers, whether they are civil or ecclesiastical, are for our good. "Let every soul be subject...." That word "subject" means, "to put yourself under, habitually." Okay? See, all of us, to different degrees, have trouble with authority. I do, especially! I'm not good. But I know what my role is, and I try to be. Outside of Jesus there's no good in me. Just doesn't sit right. But the Scripture says, "Let every soul be subject [or to put yourself habitually under] the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: [These are emphatic statements!] the powers that be are ordained of God. [How are you going to get out of this?] Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, [that word �??resists' means �??to battle against, to prepare opposition, to choose against.' Whosoever resists the power, resists] the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the [power]: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only [because judgment will come upon you, but because you're a new creature, because your mind has been redeemed, because you are no longer a god], but also for conscience sake [pleasing the Lord. This new, eternal perspective that we have of who we are]" (Romans 13:1-5). Now, how does that relate into the body of Christ? We find the general doctrine is for civil and ecclesiastical. Part of the reason he wrote that was because in the days that we're looking at here, when these people were there, many of the Christians were saying, "Look, we're now citizens of the kingdom of God, so therefore, we don't have to obey the civil laws." Paul's writing to them and saying, "No, you've got to give honor to the king and honor to who honor is due. Authority is of God, order is of God." That's all government is; it's order. Order is of God. If you resist order, you're resisting God. It's there for your own good. You might think if you could be totally, absolutely, free it would be the best thing. But if everyone was absolutely free, and you're not the biggest fish in the pond, you're getting eaten without the power, without order, amen? Total freedom isn't what we really want. The result, if everybody's totally free, is it becomes survival of the fittest. We want God watching out for us. So there's this humility that we have to learn. We learn to stop at stop signs. We learn to obey certain laws. We need to, for conscience sake, never lose the spirit that God is telling us to imbibe here of humbling ourselves, of recognizing that the powers that be are ordained of God.