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Slide 1:Hello. I am Richard Palmquist. Are you ready for a trip through Romans 13 – backwards?

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SOCIAL ORDER

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SOCIAL ORDER as structured by God through the Apostle Paul

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This chapter could be called God's Constitution or Articles of Incorporation.

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Paul tells how we find order in life so we can live in peace, allowing us to be creative as we Glorify God.

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Paul tells us how to live so that we fulfill God's purpose for our lives.

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We are one-on-one with the Lord. HE is our authority.

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The average reader of Romans 13 gets it wrong. Let's try backing up, starting at the end.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life; not dead flesh.

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Romans 13:14 Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not obey your flesh and its desires.

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You Choose: Road kill type dead flesh or Vitally, spiritually alive Dead Flesh

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Paul tells us what happens when we allow the Lord Jesus to fill our lives, living in us and working through us by the power of His Holy Spirit.

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Before Romans 13, Paul wrote Romans 12.

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Without Romans 12, Romans 13 will not work.

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Romans 12:1-2 I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God's will is-what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.

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HOW?

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In His image, as His companions, we are one-on-one with the Lord Jesus Christ. No priest need apply.

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Limits set by God create a vibrant life, lived with joy.

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Society is well ordered when we live within limits set by God.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. The Romans 13 way of life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh.

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Romans 13:13 Let us behave decently, as people who live in the light of day. No wild parties, drunkenness, sexual immorality, promiscuity, rivalry, or jealousy!

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If the Holy Spirit lives in us we want to fulfil the law. When His Holy Spirit takes over our spirit, we are so busy serving people, we live within the limits of socieity's order, without trying.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived.

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Romans 13:12 The night is almost over, and the day is near. Let us therefore put aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgency.

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Rom 13:11 This is necessary because you know the times-that it's time for you to wake up from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we became believers.

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What Paul has written earlier in this chapter must be important.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgenc Every day we delay is a day lost forever.

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What attitude should we have as we urgenty follow Paul's advice?

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The jobs God wants us to do are important to God.

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Rom 13:10 Love never does anything that is harmful to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgency. Every day we delay is a day lost forever. His love motivates us.

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In love, we make sure to do no harm.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgency. Every day we delay is a day lost forever. His love motivates us. We WANT to obey the law – to live right.

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Romans 13:9 For the commandments, "You must not commit adultery; you must not murder; you must not steal; you must not covet," and every other commandment are summed up in this statement: "You must love your neighbor as yourself."

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgency. Every day we delay is a day lost forever. His love motivates us. We WANT to obey the law – to live right. We will love each other not out of duty, but because of Who works through us.

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We look outward, not inward. We love to express love to others.

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Romans 13:8 Do not owe anyone anything-except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

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We avoid debt, But we live so that others see us as owing them respect and love.

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We live to please Him, setting aside our desires. Remember, this is not about “dead flesh.”

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Creative social order comes from individuals set on being so selfish that they devote their lives to serving others – for the sheer joy that comes from service.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgency. Every day we delay is a day lost forever. His love motivates us. We WANT to obey the law – to live right. We will love each other not out of duty, but because of Who works through us. We will avoid conflict (unloving emotion) by meeting our obligations.

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Remember, we are coming in the “back door” of this chapter. Be aware, now, that Paul is not just addressing believers. Now, he involves “authority.” There is a difference.

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Romans 13:6-7 This is also why you pay taxes. For rulers are God's servants faithfully devoting themselves to their work. Pay everyone whatever you owe them-taxes to whom taxes are due, tolls to whom tolls are due, fear to whom fear is due, honor to whom honor is due.

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Paul is telling us that if we want to be creative, we must order our lives to live in peace. How do we do that?

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We respect our leaders enough to hold them accountable. Let's learn where we get the power to control government servants.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within will enliven us from flesh-death, to be awake to opportunity. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgency. Every day we delay is a day lost forever. His love motivates us. We WANT to obey the law – to live right. We will love each other not out of duty, but because of Who works through us. We will avoid conflict (unloving emotion) by meeting our obligations. We cooperate with authority because it is good to avoid punishment.

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We cooperate. We do what we are forced to do. If the Emperor (Caesar) needs money, we pay the emperor.

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WHY?

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Because we cannot be creative, living in orderly peace, unless we can breathe, and Caesar can make us stop breating.

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Now, it gets tricky. Paul here writes of “God's servants.” Who are they?

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In Paul's day, “God's servants” were the soldiers and officials working under the control of Caesar.

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Who are God's servants today?

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More important, who is Caesar today?

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“God's servants?” Who speaks for God today?

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King George was the “voice of God” before the Revolution.

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Who has the King's job today?

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We the people are the “Voice of God” to government today.

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We rule through voting, serving on Grand Juries, serving on Petit Juries and exercising the right of “citizen's arrest.”

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Now read verses four and five and ask “who should be afraid?”

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Romans 13:4-5 For they are God's servants working for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for it is not without reason that they bear the sword. Indeed, they are God's servants to execute wrath on anyone who does wrong. Therefore, it is necessary for you to be subject, not only because of God's wrath but also because of your own conscience.

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It is the “Servant of God,” meaning the public servant, who should recognize that “We the people” are God's servants “working for good,” and that the police, judges and public administrators should fear the “sword” of the Second Amendment.

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Every “good citizen” should be passionate to insist that government servants are consistent, fair and just in applying the law.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived.. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgency. Every day we delay is a day lost forever. His love motivates us. We WANT to obey the law – to live right. We will love each other not out of duty, but because of Who works through us. We will avoid conflict (unloving emotion) by meeting our obligations. We cooperate with authority because it is right: not to avoid punishment. We avoid confrontations, seeking peace.

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When we as individuals fall under the authority of those placed in office by “We the people” we do what we are told.

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Likewise, government servants – knowing of the balance of power – are obligated to “do no harm” if they wish to live in peace.

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This is Paul's recipe for ORDER in society that brings peace and allows for dynamic creativity.

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We respect government servants, but they must respect “We the people” by providing honest elections, obeying Grand Juries and honoring fully informed Petit Juries.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within will enliven us from flesh-death, to be awake to opportunity. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived. Every day we delay is a day lost forever. His love motivates us. We WANT to obey the law – to live right. We will love each other not out of duty, but because of Who works through us. We will avoid conflict (unloving emotion) by meeting our obligations. We cooperate with authority because it is right: not to avoid punishment. We avoid confrontations, seeking peace. Yielding ourselves and our society to God.

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Romans 13:2-3 so that whoever resists the authorities opposes what God has established, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For the authorities are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you like to live without being afraid of the authorities? Then do what is right, and you will receive their approval.

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Who is in charge, under God?

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Not you!

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Not me!

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WE!

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We the People!

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Under God

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Voting in honest elections.

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Serving on fully informed juries.

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Volunteering to be Grand Jurors.

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Carefully using our right to arrest someone out of line – including government officials.

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Romans 13:1 Every person must be subject to the governing authorities, for no authority exists except by God's permission. The existing authorities have been established by God,

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EVERY PERSON

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Including you

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God used the American Revolution to put “We the People” in authority instead of Caesar. Ignore this job at your peril.

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In Jesus we have spiritual life contrasted with dead flesh. This life helps us live honestly, with values pleasing to the Lord, unlike dead flesh. The Life of Christ within takes us from flesh-death. We light up when He gives us opportunities to live life as it should be lived. In this relationship, we become engaged – gears meshed – and have a sense of urgency. Every day we delay is a day lost forever. His love motivates us. We WANT to obey the law – to live right. We will love each other not out of duty, but because of Who works through us. We will avoid conflict (unloving emotion) by meeting our obligations. We cooperate with authority because it is right: not to avoid punishment. We avoid confrontations, seeking peace. Yielding ourselves and our society to God.

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Respect officials and expect officials to respect the law.

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Vote your authority.

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Serve with authority on a jury, insisting on getting ALL the evidence.

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As a Grand Juror, lead the other jurors to take authority over government: demand, do not simply “recommend” when you find something wrong.

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