by Marvin D. Patterson

The Christian's Responsibility in this World
Marvin Patterson
Romans 13:6-10

As we mentioned last Sunday Night, we are in the practical section of the Book of Romans in chapter thirteen. Paul has discussed the great doctrines of the Christian faith in chapters one through eight. We noticed such doctrines as salvation, justification, sanctification, and glorification. And then we saw the Holy Spirit's ministry in the life of a believer. In chapters nine through eleven, we studied God's present dealings with the Nation of Israel. The clock has stopped for Israel, but it will start back when Jesus returns to this earth to rule and reign one thousand years. Today, God is working through the Church! We have that great privilege of being God's servants! I love to do God's work. It is the best work in the world, and the retirement program is out of this world.

Tonight, we pick up where we left off last week in Romans chapter thirteen. We saw in the first five verses that the Christian is to obey the government because God has established government to protect the innocent, and to punish the guilty. The only exceptions to that rule are when the government would prohibit us to do what God has commanded, or the government suggests that we do what God has forbidden. We saw in the Book of Acts that the Apostles were forbidden to preach and teach in the name of Jesus Christ but Peter said that they would obey God, rather than man. Acts 5:29

29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

There are several instances in the Bible when the government tried to overstep its boundaries. In the Book of Daniel, there were three men who were commanded to worship an idol, and they refused. They were thrown into a fiery furnace, and God preserved them.

Daniel 3
14Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which ...

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