Chapter Two, Lesson One
ACCEPTABLE PRAYER Page
V. 2 (contd.)
** Can you think of other passages which enjoin us to be in submission
to government, even if they treat Christians unfairly?
The apostle Paul wrote: Romans 13:1-2
"Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God, and those which
exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has
opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive
condemnation upon themselves."
The apostle Peter wrote: 1Peter 2:13-17
"Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution,
whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent
by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who
do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you
may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do
not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves
of God. Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the
** What will be the two fold impact upon the life of Christians as they
faithfully pray for all men and
especially for their governmental leaders?
God will allow them to lead a tranquil and quiet life.
Tranquil (used only here in this passage) translates eremos which refers to the absence of outside disturbances.
Quiet translates hesuchios and is used only here and in 1Peter
3:4, it refers to the absence of internal disturbances. These two rare adjectives are used by Paul to
explain that when the church pours itself into compassionate prayer
for the lost, it will lessen the hostility that may exist, so that the
saints may enjoy freedom from both external and internal disturbances.
** While we enjoy this protective environment provided by the Lord,
what should be our preoccupation according to the apostle Paul?
We should live in godliness and dignity. The first term
carries the idea of reverence toward God, while the second speaks of
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