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A Bible Study of The Scripture

God's Plan for Civil Government – Part 19 from Lesson 9 -
Foundation Number 2

To fully understand Romans 13:1-7 we need to cover or refresh on four Biblical foundations.

Foundation 2: All institutions of man are subject to God.

Civil government is an institution, like the family and church, established by God to order man and is subject to God.

Proverbs 8:15-16


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By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.


16By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

All earthly authorities are subject to the authority derived from God.

Psalm 75:6-7


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For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.


But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

As Sovereign, God can raise and put down kings.

Daniel 2:20-21


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Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:


And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding

Remove the bound or landmark (ESV) references not a physical boundary but the bands in Psalm 2. They are moving the boundary that God has places on civil government away from worship of God to worship of the world. Note that through the prophet Hosea the people of the Northern Kingdom were warned that they would be held accountable for the actions of their kings if they condoned them. They were judged corporately.

Next week we will look at the Fourth Foundation - Requirements for magistrate




Next: Lesson 9 - Lesson 9 continued: Foundation 2

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