Saturday, 27 November 2010

Romans 13

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh

"do not think about" we deceive ourselves if we think we can dwell on selfish desires and not act on them. What we think about will effect our behaviour for better or worse.

Susan said...

v.4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.

In every way and at all times God wants to do us good.

Susan said...

v.10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

And yet we have so many Christians running around trying to fulfil the law though their good deeds.

Susan said...

v.1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.

(From Constable Commentary) “Submission (“be subject”) includes obedience, but it also includes an attitude from which the obedience springs. Submission involves an attitude of compliance and deference that is not necessarily present in obedience. Submission is essentially support. The Christian may have to disobey his government (Acts 5:29). Still in those cases he or she must still be submissive and bear the consequences of his or her disobedience.”

Being submissive is not an attitude just for women (!) but for everyone.

Susan said...

v.9-10 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

No longer was a list of commandments necessary like it was under the Old Covenant. Now under the New Covenant we have one command: love others.

From the Message: “When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along.”