The Book of Acts: Chapter 22 (pt 4 of 4)

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It should have already dawned on you, but God often uses earthly means to accomplish His purposes. God had saved Paul so he could share the gospel to “Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel.” He had just recently made it clear that Paul is to bear witness in Rome. God also promised to protect Paul from anything that would keep him from fulfilling his calling. While God may use supernatural means to protect His saints, He will also use natural means. In this chapter, we just saw how God used Rome to protect Paul—without Rome even knowing about it, and of course it worked. God does not need to do the spectacular when the mundane will work just as well. Remember that this is the divine purpose for government, and the reason why Christians should submit to it:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment (for rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad). Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation, for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath of the authorities but also because of your conscience. For this reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants devoted to governing. Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due —Romans 13:1-7

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Story of Acts


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