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Earthly Citizenship in God's Economy: Living under Government Authority (8 of 16)
Series: Living in a Stable Economy
1 Peter 2:13-17
April 3, 2011
Before we introduce our special guests this morning, I want to set up the purpose of our time together this morning.
As most of you know we are in the middle of a series having to do with the stable economy of the kingdom of heaven.
That's what the apostle Peter is reminding the recipients of his letter.
Peter is addressing Christ-followers who were refugees from their homes in Rome.
They had been scattered and disenfranchised, marginalized and persecuted.
Although they are currently living in a temporal, earthly, Unstable economy, as God's people and citizens of heaven, they are a part of a stable economy; the household of God.
Again, the etymology of the word "economy" is "household management."
He is informing them how to live as social and spiritual aliens.
Although the apostle Paul says that we are "citizens of heaven," we still are citizens of earth, as well.
This morning we get to a place where Peter is telling them how to behave as citizens.
TEXT: 1 Peter 2:13-17
How do we as followers of Christ live under government authority?
First of all,
BELIEVE THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL
Look again at verses 13-14:
Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.
1 Peter 2:13-14
The word "institution" in verse 13 is a word that is used of God creating something.
So although Peter is referring to a "human" institution, the institution of government has been created by God.
The apostle Paul says in Romans 13,
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Paul goes on to say in Romans 13 that the authoritie ...
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