To all my readers, family, friends, followers, and students.
By the grace of God and His healing power, I’m looking forward to taking the journey with you through Chapter 13 of Romans. It is an extension of Paul’s already announced desire that Christians not only get along with each other but with everyone.
From the opening of this Letter to the Romans, Paul has dealt with God’s relationship with the Jews and Gentiles, as well as their relationship with each other. But it has been inside the sanctuary of the Church. It involved their respect for one another based on God’s decision to include both of them in His kingdom.
Now, Paul steps outside the sanctuary and deals with how Christians should deal with the secular world in which they live. It is agreed, that when it came to civil rule, Paul had only the Greek and Roman empires to look at where churches had been established. But the principles he establishes were to serve believers no matter what civil authority was in control.
It is important that we always keep in mind that when Paul speaks of those in authority, he is not talking about certain individuals who hold those offices, but the authority of those offices themselves. It is the secular model of what Christians were already taught about authority in the church, those over them in the Lord (1 Thess 5:12).
In light of today’s political climate and various governments under which Christians have had to live since those days, it will be very interesting to see how these principles apply to us today.
Let me thank you for your unwavering desire to know more about God’s Word. I am persuaded that God is pleased with your commitment to learning what He has to say to us today. God bless you for your loyalty to the Scriptures.
My nine-day stay in the hospital has put us a little bit behind, but I’m confident that we can start this journey in chapter 13 on Monday, October 1, 2018. I hope to see your name there as having read the lesson. It thrills my heart to see your participation. God bless you is my prayer. – Dr. Robert R Seyda