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1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

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1 Sarah R = ""Here Paul speaks in terms of the normative, assuming that the government is fulfilling the duty assigned by God (Morris, Romans, 459-61). He does not specifically deal with abnormal conditions, such as when the government usurps the absolute authority of God. However, if Paul's directive is carefully observed, his intent is clear. Paul exhorts submission (hupotassō), not absolute obedience. In Ephesians 5:21 Paul calls for Christians to submit (hupotassō) to one another. Constantly taking the lowly place over against one another is possible, but obeying one another constantly is not. Therefore, if the government no longer serves God and does what is contrary to God's will, we should, like the apostles in Acts 4:19 follow God rather than blindly obey the government (Bruce, 237)"- Asbury Bible Commentary for Romans 13"
2 Sarah R = ""Paul advises not to take revenge but to leave matters with God, who will avenge. He does it through government. The rulers are God's servants to execute judgment (vv. 4, 6). The government is established by God for the good of all. Therefore Christians should support it with taxes and submission."- Asbury Bible Commentary for Romans 13"
3 Cary W = "After encouraging us to be submissive and respectful toward those in authority (God given), we need not fear, if we are abiding by the one command that fulfills the rest: love your neighbor as yourself."
4 Deena E = "Because we are all recipients of God's love, we owe love to one another. Love is the fulfillment of every one of the 10 commandments. The 1st four are fulfilled in loving God; the last 6 are fulfilled in loving people."
5 Cary W = "To walk in light of love requires a soberness of heart and spirit, which fleshly, worldly things only taint and dilute.  So we are encouraged, as a soldier, to put on the armor of Light (Christ), to clothe ourselves with The Lord Jesus Christ and not give any energy to the flesh.  He takes care of the rest!"
6 Cary W = "Why is our salvation nearer than when we first believed?  Because we have already begun gathering in the brethren, collecting our heavenly inheritance in the Saints, for with each one heaven is ever so nearer."
7 Sara Di Diego = "Paul later explains how one can "put on the armour of light" in Ephesians 6:11-18.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/romans/romans-13.html"
8 Cary W = "Cast off the self of the world, ego, the flesh and it's earthy thoughts and meanderings and lusts, and put on Jesus as Identity.  He is our New Man in Christ, and we each, members of His very own body."