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Led by the Spirit - Part 4

SUBMISSIVE                                     Page 3
V.13 (cont’d.)

** To whom are we to be in submission according to Peter?

“...to every human institution...”

** Of course we should do this based simply upon Peter’s command, but can you think of another reason from Scripture for us to submit to the government?

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.

** Is this referring to organizations like labor unions or the Red Cross?

No - those are not governmental authorities, but merely voluntary organizations established by man.

** Well, if Peter was instructing Christians in his day to be in submission to the government; to whom was he asking them to submit?

Rome! At the time ruled by an emperor named Nero (from 54-68 A.D.).

** Before we go any further in our study of the call for Christians to be “Led by the Spirit” by living out a
Submissive” lifestyle; is there ever a time when we would not be in submission to the government?

Yes - Humbly and respectfully, we are to refuse to submit when man’s law contradicts with God’s authority expressed in His Word. cf. Acts 4:18-20 and Acts 5:27-29

** So the submission Peter is calling for would be applied under ordinary circumstances and calls Christians to actively support civil government in its promotion of law and order. Peter now gives some examples of who we are to be in submission, what is the first example?

“...to a king as the one in authority...”
Remember Romans 13:1 - “...there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God!”

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