LISTEN NOW! Greg, John, and Pat discuss how the one in authority doesn’t bear the sword for nothing and getting a biblical understanding of authority. They continue to discuss how Jesus said that the centurion had the greatest faith in all Israel. Romans 13:1-5 says “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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 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. 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. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” The one in authority does not bear the sword for nothing. Authority is given a power. The question some have is; will God establish an evil power? The answer is yes He will. Often times those who are in authority are a result of the people. If the people are good and right then their leadership will be good and right but if the people are not right and evil then then those in authority will reflect it. There are many theories today but God has a plan and order to what He does. If God establishes it and you fight against it then you are fighting against God. What we can do is do what we are told to do in the Bible in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 and that is to pray for those in authority. The leadership will turn when we turn our hearts back to God.
Faith of the Centurion, Submission to Authorities