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Romans 13 - NIV

Submission to Governing Authorities

1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.

4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.

7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Love Fulfills the Law

8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b]

10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

The Day Is Near

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[c]


a. Romans 13:9 Lev.?19:18
b. Romans 13:9 Exodus?20:13-15,17; Deut. 5:17-19,21
c. Romans 13:14 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

Sermons on Romans 13 More sermons: Romans 13

Rick Burdette avatar
What We Should Wear to Worship
Shared by: Rick Burdette on Jan, 2017
Summary: Putting on Christ, Our Hearts vs. Our Flesh
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Scripture: Romans 13:14
Views: 222
Rodney Fry avatar
Shared by: Rodney Fry on May, 2007
Summary: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities.” That’s easy for Paul to say. He didn’t have to deal with a tax-and-spend President, who doesn’t seem to be able to make up his mind. The President smiles nicely but is confused about foreign po
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Scripture: Romans 13:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 13
Kerry Haynes avatar
A Wake-up Call
Shared by: Kerry Haynes on Nov, 2016
Summary: (Appropriate for Watchnight or New Year's Eve service as well.) As Christians we live in the certainty that Jesus is coming again. It could be today, tomorrow, or any moment. We need to wake up, clean up, and grow up.
Lynn Malone avatar
The Role of Government
Shared by: Lynn Malone on Nov, 2016
Summary: Human government and human leaders are ordained of God. How do their roles intersect with faithfully living as a disciple of Jesus Christ? That is the focus of this sermon.
Scripture: Romans 13:1-7
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 18
Brian Bill avatar
Engage as Citizens
Shared by: Brian Bill on Nov, 2016
Summary: Let's vote but let's also make sure we're living out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Series: Engage
Scripture: Romans 13:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 314
Caleb Anderson avatar
Favor, Don't Leave Home Without It
Shared by: Caleb Anderson on Nov, 2016
Summary: Conviction can be cultivated. And the more passion you develop… the more clarity you get that this could be a mission from God that motivates me and matters to someone else. (It doesn’t have to be the last project I do… it probably won’t be…)
Scripture: Romans 13:1-2
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,027
Kerry Haynes avatar
Praying for Politicians
Shared by: Kerry Haynes on Sep, 2016
Summary: Sometimes we may be frustrated with our political system, with what our leaders do while in office, with our government as a whole. Yet, God calls us to obey the law, pray for our leaders, and above all, follow God.
Charles  Scott avatar
A New Perspective on Life: Romans 13:8
Shared by: Charles Scott on Aug, 2016
Summary: "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience." Only the object and the subject have been changed in this observation, but the change in perspective is dramatic.Paul shows us a better view of life.
Gordon McCulloch avatar
You need God to love others; you need to display that love with strength
Shared by: Gordon McCulloch on Jul, 2016
Summary: Loving others is so much under stood. The world walks over Christians, and we simply let them. Jesus didn’t, so neither should we. Note: This is a revised version of an earlier sermon aim at a larger congregation.
I. G. Spong avatar
American Revolution Sermons
Shared by: I. G. Spong on Jul, 2016
Summary: Was the American Revolutionary war an act of un-Christian rebellion or does the Bible support the idea of freedom from tyrants?
Jeremiah B. Menyongai, Jr. avatar
Shared by: Jeremiah B. Menyongai, Jr. on Mar, 2016
Summary: There is a wind of confrontation blowing between law enforcement and the public in our society. There are some bad police officers, but a majority of them are good and out to protect us. Today, we invite them to worship with us and to pray for them.
Scripture: Romans 13:1-7
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 1,175
Lorraine Greeff avatar
Time is Ticking
Shared by: Lorraine Greeff on Jan, 2016
Summary: time is up, it is now time to stop playing and choose.
Scripture: Romans 13:11-14
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 723
Philip Harrelson avatar
An Awakening
Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Oct, 2015
Summary: The great need of the hour is for there to be an awakening to revival and spiritual desire.
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Scripture: Romans 13:11-12
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,972
Martin Holland avatar
Christians and Government
Shared by: Martin Holland on Oct, 2015
Summary: We as Christians are given some biblical instructions concerning our relationship with government.
Scripture: Romans 13:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 214
Darrell  Stetler II avatar
#3-The Best Use of Life is Love
Shared by: Darrell Stetler II on Aug, 2015
Summary: Being a friend to those in need can make a huge difference in their life.
Scripture: Romans 13:8-10
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 490
John Gaston avatar
Proximity Warning
Shared by: John Gaston on Aug, 2015
Summary: Most advanced aircraft have a computerized warning system which warns the pilots when the aircraft is approaching terrain not designated as a landing area. Not only do planes need to be warned of dangerous terrain, but so do Christians.
Scripture: Romans 13:11-14
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,469
Terry Laughlin avatar
Remembrance, In Every Fold
Shared by: Terry Laughlin on Jun, 2015
Summary: Here is a way of honoring those who gave their lives in military service to our country, in accordance with Romans 13:7.
Shawn Drake avatar
Walking In A New Life
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Jun, 2015
Summary: This is the 23rd sermon in the series "The Cure". There are practical things that we must do in order to live like Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Romans 13:1-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 354
James May avatar
A Study of the Book of Romans Lesson 36
Shared by: James May on May, 2015
Summary: Continuation of the expository study of the Book of Romans
Scripture: Romans 13:8-14
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 942
James May avatar
A Study of the Book of Romans Lesson 35
Shared by: James May on May, 2015
Summary: Continuation of the Study of the Book of Romans
Scripture: Romans 13:1-7
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 868
Paul Norwood avatar
Beat the Clock
Shared by: Paul Norwood on Apr, 2015
Summary: To convince audience we need to get serious about the second coming of Christ and always be ready.
Davon Huss avatar
Overcoming Blocks to Forgiveness
Shared by: Davon Huss on Apr, 2015
Summary: Talk about the stumbling blocks to forgiveness (Material adapted from Dr. Paul Coleman's book, The Forgiven Marriage)
Series: Family 2015
Robert Sickler avatar
Shared by: Robert Sickler on Mar, 2015
Summary: The United States has a very long history of unsuccessful conflicts with Islamic fundamentalists. The reason is that the only person who can really understand the dedication of a religious fundamentalist is another religious fundamentalist.
David Spiegel avatar
Shared by: David Spiegel on Mar, 2015
Summary: The signs of the times are evident. Where is the sense of Urgency that the church should have? Jesus said He is not willing that any should perish, so why are we so comfortable with the idea? Shouldn't we be about the family business of making disciples?
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Scripture: Romans 13:11-12
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,122
Steve Shepherd avatar
Love Is
Shared by: Steve Shepherd on Feb, 2015
Summary: Regardless of what the world calls love and thinks about love, we must consider what God says about love. 1- Love is a continuing debt 2- Love is a command of God 3- Love is a completion of the law
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Scripture: Romans 13:8-10
Views: 8,161
bala samson avatar
Small things really matters!
Shared by: bala samson on Jan, 2015
Summary: At times, huge attention is given for big matters but alas we slip and fall in small matters and thereby our witness as Christians suffers drastically!
Scripture: Romans 13:8
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 326
Bruce Ball avatar
Shared by: Bruce Ball on Jan, 2015
Summary: We invited the local Chief of Police to speak to our congregation and to our youth. After his talk, this is the short message we gave to close the service.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Romans 13:4
Denomination: *other
Views: 5,287
Mark Engler avatar
It's Time To Wake Up!
Shared by: Mark Engler on Dec, 2014
Summary: It's time to wake up from our slumber. The world is getting worse year by year, but Christians in general are not responding to that trend. It's time we made a change in our personal lives and in the life of the church. We can't remain in our slumber.
Mark Engler avatar
Indebted To Love
Shared by: Mark Engler on Dec, 2014
Summary: The Christian should always feel “Indebted To Love.” But why? Why should we always feel indebted to love? Let’s consider a couple things this morning. Why We Owe The Debt How We Pay The Debt
Scripture: Romans 13:8-10
Views: 504