Weekly Wisdoms for the week of March 23, 2009
Romans 13:1-2 says, Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
It is clear that submission to authority is a key requirement for being in authority. Rebelling against authority is rebelling against God because God has instituted that authority. God will not bless someone who rebels against Him. Thus, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience (Romans 13:5).
Furthermore, the Bible instructs you to obey your leaders and submit to their authority (Hebrews 13:17). This means that even if you disagree with your pastor, you ought to submit to him out of respect for God.
Therefore, submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men (1 Peter 2:13). Submit yourself to authority because a person who can't submit to authority has no business being in authority.
God has a plan for creation. His ultimate intention is for every person to praise and worship him, giving him the honor and glory that he alone deserves.
The psalmist put it this way: May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you (Psalm 67:3-5).
We study God's word -- that is, we have theology -- so that we can learn more about him; that knowledge should then lead to praise of God -- that is, doxology. The more we know about God, the more we are compelled to worship and praise him, awestruck at his greatness.
One of the reasons for missions -- for spreading the Gospel -- is so that verses like Psalm 117:1 will become a reality: Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. As we share theology (knowledge) of God, that should lead to doxology (praise) of God.
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