government, authority, sword, christians, caesar, obedience
Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep
The sedes doctrinae for the doctrine of civil government is Rom.13:1-7. Literally translated: "Let every soul (pasa psyche) be subject to the superior powers." The plural, exousiai, is used, denoting not merely government in the abstract but in concreto, the persons as bearers of the divine office. In Titus 3:1 we have the same plural, "principalities and powers." Officers of the government are also designated as "Caesar," Matt. 22:21, and as "the king as supreme and governors," 1 Pet. 2:14.
Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Romans 13:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14; Titus 3:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; 1 Peter 2:18; Genesis 48:8; Exodus 22:28; Psalm 82:1, 6; 1 Samuel 24:6; Judges 3:9; Psalm 47:9; Isaiah 49:23; 1 Timothy 2:2;
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Rohem, Louis J.
"The Christian's Attitude towards His Government and on War,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 12, Article 31.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol12/iss1/31