Honor Series #5 Sermon Notes– Honor Authority
Honoring Even Dishonorable Authority
Parents, babysitters, teachers, coaches, bosses. We all have bad memories of someone in authority in our lives.
When Paul wrote Romans Rome was under the rule of Nero who was committing atrocities/
1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
- Be subject to governing authorities.
American slavery—Boss-employee working relationship. Working for the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 Pastor
12But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
Hardest verses are about forgiving but a close second is honoring people who are dishonorable.
- Honor authority in your life and God will honor you
- Home, church, government
- To children –honor your parents and it will go well with you.
- With obedience comes blessing. You can’t make obeying God dependent on the deservedness of other people. Everyone is a sinner and sometimes does not deserve.
- God’s commands don’t come with an “if”. We lose when we run after an “if”. ( the exception need order and actually never end up obeying the Lord. Hold evil at bay when we obey God, but it is hard.
- One way to respect dishonorable people is to pray.
- Do not join conversations about the dishonorable person
17Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Thoughts on Honoring a Dishonorable Authority (Romans 12:17-19)
1. Whatever you do, think on what shows honor first.
2. Realize that honoring is a witness to the authority and all who can observe.
3. You honor God when you do your part. He doesn’t hold us accountable for the other person or the situation, just our part.
4. Bad authorities will stand before the wrath of God. They are only getting away with it for a while, but never forever.
People who have authority—God is going to hold you accountable. You are a steward/manager of the honor God has given you.
Colossians 3: 21
Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.
Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master–in heaven.
We are all equal before God.
Not exasperate or frustrate; not destroy but build.
Honor serves God’s purposes. When you honor authority , you honor God.