Sign in or signup


3,555 active users!!Bandwidth
WEDNESDAY
AUG 31, 2016
Home
NewsSITE
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
Broadcasters
Local Church Finder
Live Webcasts
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -4 min
Top Sermons
VideosPDFs
Daily Log
PhotosNew Stuff!
Stores
Online Bible
Hymnal
Daily Reading
Our Services
Submit Sermon
Members Only

Mobile Apps | Info
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: prclodi
Church Apps | Info
Creating your own Church App is
as simple as turning ON the option.
 | Lodi, California
Podcast + Codes
Sermon Browser Info | Demo
Newest Widget | Demo
Newest Player | Info
Our Picks | Info | Demo
Latest Blog | Info | Demo
Our Blog
Older
Newer
Blog
Post+
Search
  
Filter By

Live As Free Servants Of God - I Peter 2:13-17
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012
Posted by: Providence Reformed Church | more..
600+ views | 120+ clicks
All of us have a relationship to authority. The question is what the nature of that relationship is. From the time that your mother Eve reached out her hand and gave to her husband to eat, all of their children have desired the same autonomy (literally, self-law). For Christians though, the relationship is different. Christians can and should submit to the ordained civil authorities as free servants of God.

But if you read the text closely, the verb is reflexive. That is, it is something that you do to yourself. The civil magistrate should not have to compel you to submit. Having said this, the Scriptures say that you are to submit to every "ordinance of man" which means that the magistrate has authority only in those matters that are common to mankind. He does not have the authority to command your conscience, dictate the content of preaching and worship, nor any other matter that is outside his area of responsibility. In that case, the Christian has the right and responsibility to resist that kind of tyranny. Nevertheless, the Christian's submission to the civil power is an active responsibility for the Lord's sake. The Lord is Lord of all, and resistance and rebellion to lawful and ordained human authority is resistance and rebellion against God's order.

The text is explicit that submission to the magistrate is submission to the will of God. It is also explicit that the submission to the civil power is a means of silencing the ignorant fools who blaspheme the Faith and the Lord. Think of the times in which Peter wrote these words. Christians were viewed with great suspicion. Very early on, they were called atheists because they did not believe in all of the gods of Rome. They would be called traitors because they did not worship the emperor. They were accused of incest because they called one another brother and sister, and they were accused of sexual looseness and cannibalism because of the Lord's Supper and the associated Love-feasts. Yet, in the midst of all this slander, as free servants of God, we are to obey when and where we can because the Lord in Heaven is Lord of all and because the Kingdom of God is advanced.

Speaking of submission, in verse 17 the apostle turns his attention toward the basic duties in a quick summary. Our relationship to all humankind is one of honor, but to the brotherhood of faith we have a further responsibility to love. You ought to discriminate between those of the household of faith and those who are outside. Your brothers and sisters in the faith have a greater demand upon your affections, gifts, time and property than unbelievers do. And above all, you are to reverently fear God who is Lord of all. Honor the magistrate, but fear God. There may come a time when we must resist the tyranny of the civil power, but the normal relationship is, "tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor." (Romans 13:7)

All For Him,

Pastor Schlegel
post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry
Our Blog
Older
Newer
Top


Ron Holton
The Plague of Pornography

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Sunday Service
RockPointe Church
Play! | MP4 | RSS



Sermon:
How Can I Be Saved?
E. A. Johnston

SPONSOR | 5,000+

SPONSOR




                   
Obedience is the crown and honour of all virtue. ... Martin Luther

Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal


MOBILE
iPhone + iPad
Church App
Android New!
Church App
Kindle + Nook
Chromecast TV
Apple TV New!
ROKU TV
Amazon Fire TV
Apple Watch
Android Wear
Kindle Reader


HELP
Knowledgebase
Broadcasters
Listeners
Q&A
Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Webcasting
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

FOLLOW
Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
SERVICES | ALL
Local Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Podcasting
Video Support
Live Webcasting
Transcription
PowerClips New!
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI | Domain
Favorites | QR Codes
Online Donations
24x7 Radio Stream
INTEGRATION
Sermon Browser
HTML Codes
WordPress
Twitter
Facebook
Logos | e-Sword | BW
JSON API New!

BATCH
Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Auto-Upload Sermons
Auto-Blog Import
Picasa | FTP | Dropbox
ABOUT US
The largest and most trusted library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide.

Our Services | Articles of Faith
Broadcast With Us
Advertising | Local Ads
CONTACT
info@sermonaudio.com
Support Us | Feedback Fridays New!