1 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.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
<b>When we submit to God, we experience great benefits and freedom. However, there is bondage and destruction in rebellion (Job 36:11-12).</b>
3 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 same:
<b>People who are submissive submit their will to higher authority. </b>
4 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.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
<b>God places people in positions of authority (Rom 13:1, 2, Prov 21:1 amp). God appoints all existing rulers. God honors and respects earthly authority figures (Num 30:1-5).
However, where there is no true submission to God's authority, by persons under authority and even by those in positions of authority, the door is opened to rebellion (2 Thes 2:10).
As Christians, we must recognize and understand what God is saying through Godly leaders.
We should realize it is not all about us as individuals but about God's entire plan and purpose (Matt 16:24).
To rebel against those authorities is to rebel against God Himself (Ex 16:8).
Those who rebel against God's established authority are judged; however, God does not expect us to obey a ruler when he or she requires us to sin.
We should respectfully decline any offer to sin or do wrong, but continue to submit to the government, when it brings punishment upon us. </b>
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
<b>Love is the fulfillment of the Law. Following the promptings of the Holy Spirit far outweighs following the Law of Moses (Romans 13:9, 10).</b>
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
<b>God said "I will put my laws into their mind (renewing the mind, Rom 12:2) and write the law of love on our hearts." (Heb 8:10)
The commandment to love your neighbor as you love yourself originated from the old covenant according to the Law of Moses (Matt 22:37-40, Jam 2:8, 1 Pet 4:8; Deut 6:5; Lev 19:18).
As part of the law of Moses, to love your neighbor as you love yourself is not the law God writes on our hearts, we are not meant to try to live by the law of Moses, but by the law of the Spirit of life in Christ.
The love we have for ourselves is flawed, therefore, we must first receive (a revelation, revealed truth) an understanding from the Holy Spirit of how God loves us before we can truly love others.
Jesus gave us this new commandment of love. Instead of trying to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, Jesus tells us to love others the way He has loved us (John 13:34; 1 John 3:23).
The born again believer already possess the love of God.
At the moment of the new birth Jesus, the Holy Spirit entered your spirit and poured the love of God in you (Rom 5:5).
Love is the power of God, what God can do through you, in you and for you is empowered by the love that is working in you. (Eph 3:20)
To love is to know God (1 John 4:8).
The number one goal of every Christian must be to learn to walk in love.
Love works no ill toward its neighbors. Everything in your Christian walk rests on the foundation of love. But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness. (Gal 5:22)
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love and from love springs joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, the faith of Christ.</b>
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, ad let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
<b>To clothe ourselves in the lord Jesus Christ is to walk in Him , as if He were a robe or a coat. Casting off the garment of sin and sin consciousness and walking in righteousness. (right standing in Christ) </b>