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Tuesday, July 12 2016

Romans 13: The World Of Tomorrow

"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. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation"

True Christians (see Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?; also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) can be found in practically every country ("a sovereign territory") and nation ("a race of people") on Earth.

But not a single country or nation today is the Kingdom of God (see the Fact Finder question below). That is just as true of any time in the past, with the exception of the united Kingdom of Israel which was created as an object-lesson prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God (see When Will The Prophecy Of Israel Be Fulfilled?). Of themselves, the Israelites were no more the Kingdom of God than any other nation - their self-destruction through their own politics and religion is the stark proof of that (see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes and Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?).

The Political World
While true Christians find themselves subject to various man-made governments, with a wide spectrum of tolerance or hostility toward those who truly live by the Word of God as best they humanly can, the LORD commanded His people to live as "good citizens" of wherever they happen to have been born or now live: "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."

"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. 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour." (Romans 13:1-7 KJV)

The citizenship of the LORD's people will be fulfilled as a future event (see the Fact Finder question). Any spirit of rebellion won't get anyone there. Living according to God's Law is what will make that ultimate Citizenship possible.

"13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." (Romans 13:8-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "born again" actually mean? What does "Kingdom of God" actually mean?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive

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This Day In History, July 12

100 BC: Julius Caesar (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) was born (historians differ over whether the date was July 12 or 13).

927: English King Æthelstan made a treaty with King Constantine II of Scotland that Constantine would not form an alliance with the Vikings. It is regarded as the beginning of the unification of Britain.

Britain in 802

1191: The armies of the Third Crusade (1189-92), led by England's King Richard ("The Lionhearted"), captured the Syrian seaport of Acre (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1290: Jews were expelled from England by order of King Edward I (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

1543: England's King Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, his sixth, and last, wife.

1580: The Ostrog Bible, one of the earliest Bibles in a Slavic language, was published (see also The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man).

1609: Henry Hudson first saw the North American continent (see also Thanksgiving).

1690: The Battle of Boyne, the most important date on the Northern Ireland Unionist calendar; on that date, William of Orange vanquished his Catholic rival, King James II, in a victory that established England's Protestant ascendancy. It is celebrated in Northern Ireland by "Orangemen" and resented by Catholics to this day.

1691: William III defeated the allied Irish and French armies at the Battle of Aughrim, Ireland.

1704: In areas occupied by Sweden, the gentry deposed Augustus, elector of Saxony, as king of Poland and elected Stanislaw Leszczynski, the chief official of Poznan, king of Poland.

1794: British Admiral Lord Nelson lost his right eye at the siege of Calvi, in Corsica.

1806: The Confederation of the Rhine was established in Germany (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1812: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), the U.S. invaded Canada at Windsor, Ontario.

1918: The Japanese battleship Kawachi blew up at Shunan, Japan; over 600 of its crew were killed.

1941: Moscow was bombed by the German Luftwaffe for the first time.

1944: Winston Churchill made the decision to allow Jews to form a military unit to fight the Nazis; 2 months later, the Jewish Brigade, 25,000 strong, was formed. Without Churchill, the Jews would never have got it, and the experience of working together at the brigade level was critical to the Jewish military success 4 years later - in the establishment of the modern state of Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1974: U.S. President Richard Nixon's aides G. Gordon Liddy, John Ehrlichman and two others were convicted of conspiracy and perjury in connection with the Watergate crimes.

1994: Germany's Constitutional Court lifted the ban on use of German troops for combat missions outside of the country.


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