Searching the Scriptures
“Search the Scriptures…They are they which testify of me.” John 5:39
Author: Bob Moses
Commentary on Romans
The topic of this chapter is our “walk”, and our pilgrimage upon this earth. It is broken down into three sections. Verses 1 through 7 instruct us to observe, honor and yield to those who have power over us, acknowledging that God is the Supreme Power and that he bestows earthly power upon whom he will. Verses 8 through 10 teach us how to walk before our fellow man, even referring back to the Ten Commandments. And finally, verses 11 through 14, remind us that the day is well spent and our redemption draweth nigh. We should prepare for the return of our Lord. We must walk upright and be diligent in our behavior.
Verses 1—7: “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. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil…
Let us consider some verses in Ecclesiastes Chapter 8: “I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandments vs. 1: Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou”, vs. 4: Whoso keepeth the commandment (of the king) shall feel-(know) no evil thing; vs. 5: Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him (the king); vs. 6: There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit;… neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it; vs. 8: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt; vs. 9: And so I saw the wicked buried. vs. 10: an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. vs. 11: it shall not be well with the wicked. vs. 13:.
Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he (the ruler) 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. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
The message of the above verses is to subject yourselves to the higher powers for they are ordained of God for your own good, whether you realize it or not.
Verses 8—10: “Owe no man anything; but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 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 thy self. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
How can one expound upon these verses? They are common sense and speak for themselves. Every Christian should have these committed to heart.
Verses 11—14: “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. 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. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering-(lewd and licentious conduct, especially illicit intercourse: Unger’s BibleDictionary pg. 188.) and wantonness-(unchaste, lewd, lustful, sensual, having no regardor justice for others; merciless, inhumane: Merrian-Webster Dictionary pg. 816.) not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provisions for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
We should now have a better understanding of the three phases of our earthly passage and what is expected of us from God. The first is our yielding to the powers that be over us. The second is our love toward our neighbor. And thirdly our humble and upright walk before God.
I pray that this “Study” has been enlightening and that it impacts your growth in the Holy Word. Praise be to God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit! In Jesus name; Amen, Amen!