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Rulers 

In Romans 13:3 we see the Greek word archon translated ruler. It appears as ruler 22 times, prince 11 times, as chief twice, and as magistrate and chief ruler. The same term is used when Christ appointed “a Kingdom”78 to the apostles and instructed them not to be like “the princes of the Gentiles” who exercise authority and dominion over the people.79

The apostles were actually appointed princes of the Kingdom of God, which they and Jesus said was at hand. The word apostle is the Greek word for ambassador. They were not like government “benefactors” that exercised authority one over the other. They were the one form of government which professed liberty through voluntary charity in support of their government, and were not “of the world”.

The Bible has always been a book about government, and man’s relationship to it – and to God. Jesus came to take the Kingdom from the those who had been leading the people into bondage, and redeem them again – not unlike what Moses did in Egypt. He even told those who were ruling the people in Judea at the time what His plan was:

“...The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” Matthew 21:43

The ministers of the Church appointed by the Christ were benefactors in service to the people, but they were required to seek righteousness. Christians were not allowed to covet their neighbors goods or elect men to exercise power and control for their personal enrichment or benefit.

Their ministers were leaders of a government that exercised charity, not force. They provided a table of freewill offerings, not compelled contributions taken from members by force or the threat of violence. That table of charitable benefits through faith and love saved them during the decline and despotism of the Roman Empire.

“We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.” Hebrews 13:10

Does the world have altars whereof we should have no right to eat? Can we eat the meat of our neighbor when blood is still in it? Can we covet our neighbor’s goods and feign righteousness.

If the temple was to be made of living stones, were the ancient altars also to be made of living stones? Was there a practical purpose and plan?80 Have the forces of evil sought to deceive us?81

The answers are simple, but often contrary to what we have been taught. We must become like little children, seeing with new eyes, letting go of the lies and delusions passed down from age to age. Without humility there can be no new knowledge.

To understand how Christ, His apostles, and His Church were turning the world upside down, it may be required to turn some modern religious beliefs upside down, or throw them out altogether. Have certain men crept in unawares denying the Kingship of the Christ?82

Like Moses, Jesus Christ came to free the people. Yes Christ came to give us a more complete freedom. He did not come to give us less. God did not send Moses to free the people, only to have Christ appoint a Church that brought them back into the bondage of the “world” and the “elements of that world”.

We need to look at what Christ called the weightier matters. We need to repent and set our neighbor free from our own covetous hearts. We need to step up and out in faith and take back the responsibilities God gave every man and woman.

We need to come together in His true name of faith, hope and love. It is time to wake up and repent.

 

 

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Related Articles and Audio:

  • Romans 13 part 1
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    http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/romans13.php

    Romans 13 and I Peter 2,13-14
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    http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/romanspeter.php

    Romans 13, NN Video Series:7-10 4:32
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    Footnotes:

     

    78Luke 22:29 “And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;”

    79Matthew 20:25 “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.”

    Mark 10:42 “... they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.”

    Luke 22:25 “... The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.”

    80The Sacrifice and the Sophistry by Brother Gregory HHC

    81Thy Kingdom Comes Brother Gregory HHC 2002.

    82“...certain men crept in unawares ... ungodly men... and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4

     

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