Let every person be in subjection to the government authorities. For there
is no authority except from God, and the authorities which exist have been
ordained by God.
So then those who resist authority oppose what God has
ordained, and they will be judged accordingly.
For rulers are not a threat to
good behavior, but to evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do
what is good, and you will have its approval,
because government is a servant
of God for your good. But if you do what is wrong, live in fear, because government
does not have the power of the sword for nothing. It is God’s servant, an avenger that brings
wrath on the one who does wrong.
So then you need to be in subjection,
not only because of their wrath, but also for your own conscience’ sake.
this is why you must also pay taxes, because the authorities are servants of God, doing the
work of governing.
Give to everyone what is due them: taxes to whom
taxes are due; revenue to whom revenue is due; respect to whom respect is
due; honor to whom honor is due.Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another, because the one who
loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.For the commandments, “Do not
commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet,” and whatever
other commandments there are, are all summed up in this: “Love your
neighbor as yourself.”
Love does no wrong to a neighbor, so love fulfills the Law.Do this, knowing the time, that it is already time for you to awake from
sleep. For salvation is now nearer to us than when we began to be believers.
12 The night is nearly gone, and the day is near. So let us throw off the
works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave suitably as in
the daylight, not in wild parties and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality
and sensuality, not in rivalry and jealousy.
14 Instead put on the lord Jesus
Messiah, and do not cater to the lower nature and its lusts.
In popular evangelicalism salvation is constantly spoken of as something only in the past:
“when I got saved.” In the NT the balance of the salvation statements is in favor of a yet future final
salvation. The NT says too that we “are being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 2:15).