The Higher Powers.
Bible reference Romans 13 & Romans 12.
Even as we are the same members of the body of Christ and are all equal in Christ. We should not despite the fact that there are those with higher powers (or say authority) who are to rule or lead us as members of the body of Christ.
These men and women have truly surrendered and submitted themselves to do God’s will, in the true leading, guidance and fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Paul in Romans 12, had shown us how to live as members of the body of Christ, how we should conform not to the things of this world, but to surrender our body a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable unto God.
He taught us to be “fervent in Spirit, serving God, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, and continuing in instant prayers.”
He also taught us to be of the same mind one toward another. Minding not on high things, but bringing ourselves down to the low state of men, in humility.
He even made us realise, that the only way we can overcome evil is by repaying with good.
“Recompense no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
Yes, he taught us how we need to compel ourselves and live as members of the body of Christ. But in Romans 13, he brings to us another important aspect of living as members of the body of Christ. He teaches us to surrender to higher powers and authorities in the body of Christ.
These powers are the ministers of God given to direct and lead us.
These powers have been ordained by God.(Romans 13:1b). And whosoever resists them, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Therefore we need to be subjects to their authorities. For they are ministers to us for our own good and beareth the sword of God, to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.(Romans 13:4). KJV.
Thus, we are to pay tributes to God’s ministers, tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour is due.
It is only when we do this we can enjoy God’s blessings and gifts for us through them.
Therefore love and honour these higher powers.
Romans 13:10: “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fufilling of the law.”KJV.
Romans 13:11: “And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep for now is our salvation near. “KJV.