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(Romans 13:1-7)

Paul in Romans 13 starts the chapter with the following statement. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” He then continues saying that the authorities are God’s servants and they do not bear the sword in vain, as they reward the good and punish the bad. Those in authority are owed obedience, honor, and respect.

When God made mankind, he made men, women, and children with equal worth in a stratified society with an authority structure. That structure is not only seen in God’s design for the family, the church and society at large, but also in our Triune God, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit willingly submit to God the Father in the outworking of a glorious plan of salvation for sinful man.

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. (Matthew 13:31-32)

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