Summary: A "saint" will submit to authority because they know that God has set up the authority - where as an "aint" will not submit to authority because they think they are in charge.
"Saints submit to authority"
Romans pt 19
Thesis: A "saint" will submit to authority because they know that God has set up the authority - where as an "aint" will not submit to authority because they think they are in charge.
1Everyone 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. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For 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 he will commend you. 4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, ’Do not commit adultery,Do not murder,Do not steal,Do not covet,’ and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ’Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 10Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The 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. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Paul tells us that the time is short "Jesus coming is closer than when they first believed so it’s important to be ready! It’s important to clothe yourselves in Christ - to wrap Him around you and to make sure that you don’t have stinking thinking. He tells them that everyone must submit to authority because God placed it here for the preservation of society. God has established authority and if you yield to its direction everything will be fine with you. But if you break the rules then you had better watch out because you have just rebelled against God Himself. So Paul is saying wake up and see what time it is!
Charles Salmon from his sermon "Wake up!" on sermoncentral.com states, "The thought of the return of Christ adds urgency. Not only is time passing, but with every hour and minute the coming of Christ draws nearer. We don’t know when He will come, but we know He will and we know He will come at a time unexpected. This is the constant teaching of Scripture.