(3) The rapid march of the kingdom of God, the advanced stage of it at which we have arrived, and the ever-nearing approach of the perfect day--nearer to every believer the longer he lives--should quicken all the children of light to redeem the time, and, seeing that they look for such things, to be diligent, that they may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless ( 2 Peter 3:14 ). But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. The form of the prayer is moulded by the last words of a quotation which he has just made, which says that in the coming Messiah ‘shall the Gentiles hope.’. 1, 2. i. And so do we. 6, 7. For rulers are not a terror to good works--"to the good work," as the true reading appears to be but to the evil. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. This helps us to understand God's sovereignty and history as well. 2. for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law--for the law itself is but love in manifold action, regarded as matter of duty. The idea behind the word for licentiousness is “the desire for a forbidden bed.” It describes the person who sets no value on sexual purity and fidelity. Romans 13:8-14. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. Christians should love one another, Romans 13:8-10. c. The works of darkness: These are characterized as revelry and drunkenness, licentiousness and lust, strife and envy. There are three good lessons taught us in this chapter, where the apostle enlarges more upon his precepts than he had done in the foregoing chapter, finding them more needful to be fully pressed. We may request cookies to be set on your device. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Introduction. and let us put on the armour of light--described at length in Ephesians 6:11-18 . Commentaries for Romans Chapter 13 The duty of subjection to governors. It is of Magistracy in general, considered as a divine ordinance, that this is spoken: and the statement applies equally to all forms of government, from an unchecked despotism--such as flourished when this was written, under the Emperor Nero--to a pure democracy. Let every soul--every man of you be subject unto the higher powers--or, "submit himself to the authorities that are above him." The character of a lawful civil governor, Romans 13:4. The inalienable right of all subjects to endeavor to alter or improve the form of government under which they live is left untouched here. not in chambering and wantonness--varied forms of impurity; the one pointing to definite acts, the other more general. i. Romans 10:13. be they who they will, whether Jews or Gentiles; not with a temporal salvation only, but with a spiritual and eternal one; for the words of the prophet refer to Gospel times, as the context shows, and is cited and applied thereunto by the Apostle Peter, ( Acts 2:16-21 ) ; besides, the deliverance and salvation Joel speaks … Romans 13, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. SAME SUBJECT CONTINUED--POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RELATIONS--MOTIVES. The subject of government in the Bible is indeed extensive. The grace of the gospel teaches us submission and quiet, where pride and the carnal mind only see causes for murmuring and discontent... View the entire commentary. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. Even lawful acts may on occasion cause other brethren to stumble or be made weak.  Sometimes people think in their sleep; we call it dreaming. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. I. Romans 13:12. Click on the different category headings to find out more. 8. In this brief but extremely rich passage, Paul tells us that as Christians we are all “morning people.” The time is just before dawn, the sky is brightening, the alarm is ringing, day is at hand. d. The armor of light: This is related to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Now, brethren — Lest ye should be surprised that I, who am the apostle of the Gentiles, and who have expressed such a desire to see you, have never yet preached in Rome; I would not have you ignorant — I wish to inform you; that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you — See the margin. The apostle refers here only to the second table of the law, as love to our neighbor is what he is treating of. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. When to awake; Now; and to awake out of the sleep of carnal security, sloth, and negligence; out of the sleep of spiritual death, and out of the sleep of spiritual deadness. II. Commentary on Romans 14:7-13 (Read Romans 14:7-13) Though some are weak, and others are strong, yet all must agree not to live to themselves. Owe no man anything, but to love one another--"Acquit yourselves of all obligations except love, which is a debt that must remain ever due" [HODGE]. He turns them wherever He wants to." We have a work to do in walking properly, as in the day – it isn’t as if Jesus does it for us as we sit back; instead, He does it through us as we willingly and actively partner with Him. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ As a man puts on his clothes when he rises in the morning: the righteousness of Christ is compared to a garment, it is the best robe, it is fine linen, clean and white, and change of raiment; which being put on by the Father's gracious act of imputation, covers the sins and deformities … for now is our salvation--rather, "the salvation," or simply "salvation." τ. 14. for the flesh, to fulfil the lust thereof--"Direct none of your attention to the cravings of your corrupt nature, how you may provide for their gratification.". Romans 13:7. For there is no power--"no authority" but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God--"have been ordained of God.". Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Romans 13:8-14. Romans 15:1-13 King James Version (KJV) 15 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Chapter 13. Commentary on Romans 9:6-13 (Read Romans 9:6-13) The rejection of the Jews by the gospel dispensation, did not break God's promise to the patriarchs. Subject to the governing authorities: The connection between Romans 12 and Romans 13is clear. The purpose for government is to protect law-abiding citizens and punish law-breakers (13:3-4). Proud member The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Font Size. Note, (1) How gloriously adapted is Christianity for human society in all conditions! Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 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. 2. A lesson of justice and love to our brethren (v. 7endash … From exhorting the believers at Rome to a life of entire devotedness to God, and the various duties of brotherly kindness, the apostle now proceeds to inculcate upon them that subjection and obedience which they owed to their civil rulers, and those duties of justice and benevolence which were due from them to … It means more than put on the character of the Lord Jesus Christ, signifying rather Let Jesus Christ Himself be the armor that you wear.” (Morris). Romans 13:1. Considering the time; a busy time; a perilous time. And that - The word “that,” in this place, is connected in signification with the word ““this” in Romans 13:9.The meaning may be thus expressed: All the requirements of the Law toward our neighbor may be met by two things: one is Romans 13:9-10 by love; the other is Romans 13:11-14 by … fear--reverence for superiors. of righteousness unto God; by fighting against sin, revenging all disobedience, … Romans 13:1-7. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. 11. King James Version Update. But since Christians were constantly charged with turning the world upside down, and since there certainly were elements enough in Christianity of moral and social revolution to give plausibility to the charge, and tempt noble spirits, crushed under misgovernment, to take redress into their own hands, it was of special importance that the pacific, submissive, loyal spirit of those Christians who resided at the great seat of political power, should furnish a visible refutation of this charge. There must be a taking away of the love of sin, there must be a renouncing of the practices and habits of sin, or else a man cannot be a, Christian. And that--rather, "And this [do]" knowing the time, that now it is high time--literally, "the hour has already come." We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. not in strife and envying--varied forms of that venomous feeling between man and man which reverses the law of love. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. 10. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. ii. King James Version (KJV) Bible Book List. Romans 13: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. 4. he beareth not the sword in vain--that is, the symbol of the magistrate's authority to punish. Lust in this passage has the idea of people who are lost to shame. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained ordained: or, ordered of God. i. “Putting on Christ is a strong and vivid metaphor. Romans 13:11 Commentaries: Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night--of evil is far spent, the day--of consummated triumph over it is at hand: let us therefore cast off--as a dress the works of darkness--all works holding of the kingdom and period of darkness, with which, as followers of the risen Saviour, our connection has been dissolved. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. As we begin, notice that Paul writes that "there is no authority except from God" (verse 1).Though this statement appears in relation to civil authority, God's oversight is broad and deep. The argument which is drawn from the greater nearness of death (for this is evidently the argument here employed) is not of the same urgency when applied to the believer as to the unbeliever. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. For, for this cause pay ye--rather, "ye pay" tribute also--that is, "This is the reason why ye pay the contributions requisite for maintaining the civil government." resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation--or, "condemnation," according to the old sense of that word; that is, not from the magistrate, but from God, whose authority in the magistrate's is resisted. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. e. Make no provision for the flesh: The flesh will be as active as we allow it to be. The γὰρ can only be connected in a forced and artificial way with the clause which immediately precedes: it really introduces the reason for a frank and unreserved acceptance of that view of “authorities” which the Apostle is laying down. According to the thesaurus, honor has these synonyms: "esteem, respect, pay homage to, assign value to." 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Inducements to Holiness. Because one can do many religious things and still be asleep toward God, it is important for every Christian to make sure they are truly awake and active in their life before God. A lesson of subjection to lawful authority (v. 1endash 6). Especially when he wrote the original King James version of the Bible ;) Take Romans 13. Sermon Bible Commentary. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Romans 13:14. But was let … While its holy and benign principles secure the ultimate abolition of all iniquitous government, the reverence which it teaches for magistracy, under whatever form, as a divine institution, secures the loyalty and peaceableness of its disciples, amid all the turbulence and distractions of civil society, and makes it the highest interest of all states to welcome it within their pale, as in this as well as every other sense--"the salt of the earth, the light of the world" ( Romans 13:1-5 ). Romans 13:3. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. No one who has given up his name to Christ, is allowedly a self-seeker; that is against true Christianity. I. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. It is as if he said: Recognise the Divine right of the State, … Four things are here taught, as a Christian's directory for his day's work. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath--for fear of the magistrate's vengeance. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Commentary on Romans 13:11-14. Whatever the persons in authority over us themselves may be, yet the just power they have, must be submitted to and obeyed. 12. Self-restraint and obedience to God's law is realized in outgoing concern for others that exceeds and rules over our own self-interest. They no longer care what people think and flaunt their sin openly, even proudly. With this comprehensive and lofty petition the Apostle closes his exhortation to the factions in the Roman Church to be at unity. The promises and threatenings shall be fulfilled. Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, … Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. custom--mercantile tax. 13. 7. Romans 15:13. Romans 13:1-14 . ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. Love worketh no ill to his--or, "one's" neighbour; therefore, &c.--As love, from its very nature, studies and delights to please its objects, its very existence is an effectual security against our wilfully injuring him. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. You can check these in your browser security settings. (2) Christianity is the grand specific for the purification and elevation of all the social relations; inspiring a readiness to discharge all obligations, and most of all, implanting in its disciples that love which secures all men against injury from them, inasmuch as it is the fulfilling of the law ( Romans 13:6-10 ). Love worketh no ill to his--or, "one's" neighbour; therefore, &c.-- As love, from … These are not appropriate for Christians who have come out of the night into God’s light. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 13:1-7 The grace of the gospel teaches us submission and quiet, where pride and the carnal mind only see causes for murmuring and discontent. Romans 13:3-4: “For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. 13 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. INTRODUCTION TO ROMANS 13. i. Romans 13:14, ESV: "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires." But--to sum up all in one word. Therefore, everyday, put on the Lord Jesus Christ! nearer than when we--first believed--This is in the line of all our Lord's teaching, which represents the decisive day of Christ's second appearing as at hand, to keep believers ever in the attitude of wakeful expectancy, but without reference to the chronological nearness or distance of that event. put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ--in such wise that Christ only may be seen in you (see 2 Corinthians 3:3 , Galatians 3:27 , Ephesians 4:24 ). Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing--"to this very thing.". The Greek word translated "honor" in our English Bibles, timao, means "to prize, i.e. It is time to rouse our minds from slumber, to be alert to what God is doing … Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. All rights reserved. of The necessity of subjection, Romans 13:5. For this, &c.--better thus: "For the [commandments], Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and whatever other commandment [there may be], it is summed up," &c. (The clause, "Thou shalt not bear false witness," is wanting in all the most ancient manuscripts). λ. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. When we put on Christ, we put on all the armor of God and are equipped to both defend and attack. The business of our lives is not to please ourselves, but to please God. not in rioting and drunkenness--varied forms of intemperance; denoting revels in general, usually ending in intoxication. Render therefore to all their dues--From magistrates the apostle now comes to other officials, and from them to men related to us by whatever tie. to awake out of sleep--of stupid, fatal indifference to eternal things. and make no provision--"take no forethought." Do you want to have no fear of authority? Romans 13:1-7. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power--"So that he that setteth himself against the authority." Let us walk honestly--"becomingly," "seemingly" as in the day--"Men choose the night for their revels, but our night is past, for we are all the children of the light and of the day ( 1 Thessalonians 5:5 ): let us therefore only do what is fit to be exposed to the light of such a day." These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. This chapter is one of those classic clobber passages, used to make sure we are all being obedient citizens, which historically has led Christians into all KINDS of problems: Even lawful acts may on occasion cause other brethren to stumble or be made weak. 9. b. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Next follow some general motives to the faithful discharge of all these duties. You can also change some of your preferences. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. If the Christian is not to see… If the thoughts of a king - representing the highest and most influential … Romans 13:14, KJV: "But … but also for conscience' sake--from reverence for God's authority. Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible. Self-restraint and obedience to God's law is realized in outgoing concern for others that exceeds and rules over our own self-interest. tribute--land tax. As it makes war directly against no specific forms of government, so it directly recommends none. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not … (Arabic) تفاسير – اللغة العربية, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. a. Romans 13:1-2. Commentary on Romans 13:11-14 View Bible Text . When you get dressed every day, you dress appropriately to who you are and what you plan to do. Romans 13:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 13:14, NIV: "Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh." Self-control provides the ability to resist what may cause pain to others. 5. We must cast off before we can put on. (4) In virtue of "the expulsive power of a new and more powerful affection," the great secret of persevering holiness in all manner of conversation will be found to be "Christ IN US, the hope of glory" ( Colossians 1:27 ), and Christ ON US, as the character in which alone we shall be able to shine before men ( 2 Corinthians 3:8 ) ( Romans 13:14 ). For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. The Living Bible paraphrases Proverbs 21:1 as, "Just as water is turned into irrigation ditches, so the Lord directs the king's thoughts.