RIGTHEOUSNESS IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. Introduction: Divine Protection of Human Life. Human Life is Given Great Value in the Bible (Gen. 1:26-27; Psalms 139:13-16). God Condemns Murder Because We Are Made in His Image (Gen. 9:5-6).
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Rom 13:1-5 (NASU) 1 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. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves…
The Governing Authority is a “Minister of God” Who “Does not Bear the Sword for Nothing” (Rom. 13:4).
Rom 13:3a For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil…
Rom. 13:4b … But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing…
Rom. 13:4b (NASU) But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
Rom. 13:4b (NASU) …But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
Prov. 23:23 (NASU) 23 Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Zech 8:16-17 (NIV) 16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; 17 do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this," declares the LORD.
-- Compare to 1 Timothy 5:19-22; Jn. 7:24
20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, 21 but they kept on calling out, saying, "Crucify, crucify Him!" 22 And he said to them the third time, "Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him…
23 But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. 24 And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted. 25 And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will.