Living in the World
[Preached at Community Bible Chapel. Hico, Texas-10/2001]
Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Every person should be subject to, that is to obey, to be under obedience to superior or greater authority or magistrates.
People may ask, "Does God ordain godless communism, dictatorship, emperor-worship and Muslim rulers?
They may ask if governments and power structures are ordinances of God.
Romans chapter 13 tells us that this is so.
In the time of Peleg the world was divided up into different peoples, nations and governments.
Gen 10:25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.
Now this Peleg was the fourth generation from Shem, one of the sons of Noah.
Arphaxad- Salah- Eber- Peleg
It was in the days of Peleg that the earth was divided. The word divided means to split up. Now this is the dividing of peoples and nations and governments.
1 Chr 1:19 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided: and his brother's name was Joktan.
The dividing of the people into different nations, and therefore different governments did not happen until the building of the tower of Babel.
Side note Teran was the eighth generation after the flood and after the line of Shem. Teran begat Abram and Nahor, and Haran. Teran was the father of Abraham. Haran, another son of Teran and Abraham's brother was the father of Lot. . (Gen 11:27)
Abram, or Abraham was the uncle of Lot. This begins the part of the Bible that many people are familiar with.
This adds up to 292 years after the flood that Abraham was born. Shem was still alive as he lived 502 years after the flood. Many commentaries speak of Shem as being Melchizedek.
Now back to the ancient time of ecumenism. The Tower of Babel
When Noah's descendents built the tower of Babel, God said. " Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." (Gen 11:6)
What happens? God confuses the languages and scatters them over the face of all the earth.
Gen 11:7-8 Go to, (come on) let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Genesis 10 and 11 tells us of the first world governments.
This splitting up of the people into different countries and nations and languages has worked pretty well up until the last century, when the people again are becoming as one.
English is fast becoming the major language of the world's leaders and even among many of the common people of the world.
Modern means of transportation bring the worlds people together as one. They can now reason together and figure together and plan together. Now nothing will be inaccessible to them that they have considered, purposed and plotted to do.
Christians are working for this purpose because they are deceived into thinking that Christ's wish that "all may be one" means the world rather that the children of God.
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Satan's ploy for this deception is the undoing of the Babylonian scattering, and to once again make the people as one, to serve his purpose of a one-world government and a one-world church.
How can the antichrist rule the WORLD with all nations desiring to govern their own selves? This cannot happen until national pride is taken away from the people. This is being done now in the public schools.
Gen 10:31-32 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations. These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
The Lord decreed that people be divided into different languages and nations and governments.
When the apostle Paul says "ordained", this means each nation, country or government has been assigned, or appointed it's domain or territory. It means that they are appointed and set in an orderly manner and to a certain position or boundary
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood (kindred) all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times (seasons) before appointed, and the bounds (boundaries-different nations in different parts of the world) of their habitation; (when they live)
Why did He do this?
Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply (perhaps) they might feel after him, (search for Him) and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
You see, when the world unites and all nationalities and religions come together, the people are at first discouraged from seeking only One God. They are told all of these other people of the world have a god and we are to tolerate and even respect their god. How can the world be one unless we accept each other and each other's god?
At first the world is discouraged from seeking only one god, then the world will be commanded to respect other gods.
This is why God says SEPARATE.
You're heard of the old marriage statement, "what God has joined together let no man put asunder". (divide) The downfall of man will be that man has nor obeyed the command, "What God has separated, let not man join together."
God separated the people at the Tower of Babel and now we are coming together as one again. God divided the people into Nations and one of the last nations He created was Israel. He created Israel as "most favored nation" All of the other nations will be judged as to how they treated this most favored nation.
Gen 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Here in the year 2000, all the past preparations for global unity in world politics and government, and religion. are going to escalate even faster this year. Just like in the days of Noah man is uniting. When man united after the flood, he went into idolatry, and in rebellion against God. God separated man so that he might have opportunity to seek after God.
Now, after all these millennia, man is uniting again--big time.
The Nations are not keeping separate
The Governments are not keeping separate
The People are not keeping separate
And the gods are not being kept separate.
Men and women are not keeping separate in dress and occupation and social standing. We have men dressing like women. Some are cross-dressers and many are long-haired men with earrings, ect. We have women dressing like men in pants and suits and short hair, ect. We have sex change operations and we have same sex intercourse and marriages.
Man is in rebellion to God's order of Nations, Peoples, Governments and Genders. Man is in rebellion to God's order of all creation. He is "recreating" so to speak, all things. Man is recreating the role of marriage, and of the man and the woman and governments, peoples and nations. He is altering the genetic makeup of creatures and plants and only the Lord knows what.
MAN IS PLAYING GOD.
OK; now back to Romans 13.
We Christians are to live like other humans, to a certain extent, within these nations. While we know that our "citizenship is in heaven" (Philippians 3:20) and we are "ambassadors" for Christ (2 Cor 5: 20), we are not to assume some position above these God-appointed national agents
Remember in Rom chapter 12 Paul exhorts us not to not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. Rom12: 3) And so, as humans being in the flesh, we are exhorted to submit to these God-appointed national agents.
When in Rome do as the Romans do. This is to obey the Roman laws, as do the Romans.
These God appointed agents (governments) are set up for order on the earth. When man does whatever is "right in his own eyes" without a king or some ruling agent, the whole earth becomes full of violence.
Judg 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
Just think what would happen if there were no laws, or order regarding traffic. People would drive any ole way they like, more than they already do, and there would be multiplied times more auto related accidents than there already are
God has given these godless, humanistic governments authority. If you went through that stop sign and the policeman pulls you over, he is God's authority to reprimand you. When the ticket says to appear before the judge, you had better keep the appointment, otherwise you will experience the ruler's terror. (Rom 12:33) Have you ever noticed on the freeway that when a patrol car is there, you see a lot of brake lights? He might be driving under the speed limit, but guilty consciences cause people to dare not to pass him. So they will bunch up behind him. Now, a person with a clear conscience, being used to regularly obeying the traffic laws, will not be paranoid and will have no problem to continue on at the speed limit, and yes, even pass the officer. He's not afraid of the law, because he habitually keeps it. He goes on around, and the officer does not pull him over. He is obeying the law. He drives along in peace.
Now, even though these government or political systems are agnostic, they do maintain many of God's laws. Remember how God's Law is written in the heart of every person from birth. It is called conscience.
Rom 2:14-15 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Even Russia and China have laws against murder, adultery, stealing, etc. as we read in verse nine. As Believers, it should not be difficult at all to keep clear of the law and to avoid having to appear before a judge for wrong-doing. The moral laws a nation enforces are God's laws already. Civil laws govern the smooth operation of a society. And even at that, we still come back to the basic law Jesus quoted in Matt 37:39, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." As given in (Lev19: 18)
A Believer who is living righteously finds this easier to do, because he is already living with a "renewed mind". (Rom 12:2) His outlook is to not think "highly" of himself.(Rom 12:16) He is already looking out for others first, because of the fact that he is a Christian. He is not going to commit "road rage" because he is already of a disposition to "give place unto wrath" (12:19) as he even "yields to the lowly." (Rom12: 16) A person of such a mind will not be in trouble with the law. A Believer will not steal because "love does not work evil to the neighbor". (Rom13: 10) Because love is the fulfilling of the moral law. This is the spiritual law and the moral law of the land enacted by rulers.
Each time we break a law we do something that is against others. We steal from others. We don't steal from ourselves. We can't. How can we steal something we already own? We cannot be punished by the "law of the land" for killing ourselves.
If we burn our house down it would be to collect somebody else's money. Money that we do not deserve. We insured our house against accidental burning or criminal burning. If we burn it we are criminal. If we disobey traffic laws we endanger others, ect. The law is for the protection of ourselves against others and for the protection of others against ourselves.
The very basic nature of a Believer, is a person who is a "law-abiding citizen".