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by Gregory HHC, d
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Supreme, Higher, Better, Excellence

The Greek word hupercho means hold on behalf of and is not translated the same way twice.193 In Romans 13:1 we see the “higher powers” which is of God. God gave man power and dominion and that makes that power of choice supreme, more excellent, and better – if man does not relinquish that right under a legal disability resulting from consent, contract, covenant or constitution194 he remains free, as God intended.

In Philippians Chapter 2 verse 3 Paul is talking about not assuming you are “better” than anyone else but being humble.195 In Chapter 3 verse 8, huperecho is used to describe the “excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”.196 In Chapter 4 verse 7, hupercho is used to say that “the peace of God... passeth all understanding”.197

In 1 Peter 2:13198 we are told to submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake. The word ktisis in the Greek is translated “ordinance” once in the bible. It is translated creature or creation 17 times. It is defined as ”the act of founding, establishing”. In Mark 16:15 we are told to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature [institution of mankind]”.199

The comparison of kings or governors in the next verse uses the word basileus to produce king. Basileus is as often used to describe Jesus as King, as it did in Acts 17:7 “saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus.” So who was Peter’s supreme King? Was it Jesus?

It is easily construed that the ones “for the punishment of evildoers” would be the governors which was translated from hegemon. The term is most often translated governor and meant “a leader of any kind, a guide, ruler...” It is almost always used to address someone sitting in a seat of judgment. Why is your liberty judged of another?200

If Jesus did not preach, was not proclaimed and did not appoint, a kingdom, then it might be difficult to assume Peter was saying submit to Christ as King. But the truth is Peter said “We ought to obey God rather than men.”201

Peter tells us to “ Honour the king”202. Using basileus which could easily mean King Jesus. In the next verse he says that servants should be subject to their master.203 The word is used often to describe Jesus.

The pivotal point of our understanding or misunderstanding seems to swing on one element. Was Jesus a king or not? No one should say that He did not establish His kingdom because He did, and it was consecrated in His blood on the cross. The truth that Jesus was King was accepted by the most powerful government of the world at the time. No one can say the people did not accept Him as king. Thousands did in Jerusalem and around the world often at a great price. He did take a kingdom from the Pharisees and appointed it to His apostles [ambassadors] who bore fruit.

“For [the kingdom of heaven is] as a man travelling into a far country, [who] called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.” Matthew 25:14

This parable is true again. Christ left and when he returns He will find that new Pharisees have delivered the whole world back into bondage again. They will have their power taken away again and His kingdom will be restored again. There will be another great price to pay for those who have not done the will of the Father but have been workers of iniquity by watering down the gospel and denying the power of His Kingdom and the righteousness of His ways.

 

 

 

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Related Articles and Audio:

  • Romans 13 part 1
    http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/audio/rm/Romans131.ram
  • ROMANS 13 verse 1 the higher liberty
    Does God want us to be subject or to be free?
    http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/romans13.php

    Romans 13 and I Peter 2,13-14
    Is the Bible consistent about setting men free or does it contradict itself?
    http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/romanspeter.php

    Romans 13, NN Video Series:7-10 4:32
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SEMYx6affo

    Footnotes:

     

    193huperecho v [uperecw] -higher 1, better 1, excellency 1, pass 1, supreme 1; to have or hold on behalf of. Excel, superior, superiority

    194Romans 13:1 “... higher [huperecho] powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

    195Philippians 2:3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than [huperecho] themselves.”

    196Philippians 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency [huperecho] of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: ...”

    197Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth [huperecho] all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    1981 Peter 2:13 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme [huperecho];”

    199Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

    2001 Cor10:29 “...for why is my liberty judged of another [man’s] conscience?”

    201Acts 5:29 “...We ought to obey God rather than men.”

    2021 Peter 2:17 “Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”

    2031 Peter 2:18 “Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.”

     

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