Romans for Youth
Commentary by Pastor Ron
Romans Chapter 13
Verse 1. “Every person is to be in
subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no
authority except from God, and those which exist are
established by God.”
Most people want
to GIVE orders, not follow them. But your parents,
teachers, and bosses are there because God CHOSE them. He
told them to be good to you, and if they are not good, it’s
not what God wanted. God wants GOOD for you.
Verse 2. “Therefore whoever
resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they
who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”
As much as you
can, obey those in charge of you, like teachers, parents,
church leaders or bosses. Obviously, if they do bad things,
don’t follow them, and ask help from OTHERS in “authority.”
But if you just don’t WANT to obey, you’ll bring trouble on
Verse 3. “For rulers are not a
cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want
to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will
have praise from the same;”
If you do good
things, you don’t need to be afraid. If you keep on doing
good, sooner or later, you will be thanked for what you are
Verse 4. “for it is a minister of
God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid;
for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a
minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who
God intends that
parents, teachers, bosses and other leaders will be GOOD to
you. He has in mind that YOU will be turned from bad to
good, by those who watch over you.
Verse 5. “Therefore it is
necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath,
but also for conscience' sake.”
It’s good to do
what your leaders say, not only because they might punish
you, but also because God gave you a conscience, so you’ll
know what is right and what is wrong.
Verse 6. “For because of this you
also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting
themselves to this very thing.”
We should pay our
taxes when we are supposed to pay them, because taxes are
used to pay the police and others in government, who really
are “servants of God,”
whether they know it or not.
Verse 7. “Render to all what is
due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to
whom custom; fear to whom fear;
honor to whom honor.”
It is good to say
“Sir” or “Ma’am” to teachers, police officers and other
leaders. Listen to them and respectfully do what they say.
Why? – That’s what God WANTS us to do!
Verse 8. “Owe nothing to anyone
except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor
has fulfilled the law.”
You and I OWE
respect to those who are in charge of us, and “respect” is a
form of love. If we love others, we keep God’s Law.
Verse 9. “For this, ‘You shall not
commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal,
you shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment,
it is summed up in this saying, ‘You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.’”
This verse quotes
the Law of God (Exodus Chapter 20 of the Old Testament). We
are NOT to take anything that does not belong to us, or even
WANT what they have. We are to LOVE others as Jesus told us
in Mark 12:31.
Verse 10. “Love does no wrong to a
neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of
When we love one
another, we KEEP the Law of God. You’ve kept it all in the
sight of God when you really CARE for other people.
Verse 11. “Do this, knowing the
time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from
sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we
To learn to love
others is like waking up from a dream in the morning. Jesus
WILL return soon and now is the time to LOVE one another.
Verse 12. “The night is almost
gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the
deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
The trouble in
this world is like the cold and dark at night. Live a GOOD
life and let His “light”
(understanding) shine through you, so that others will see
His love in you. It’s almost “morning” and the Lord Jesus
will soon return.
Verse 13. “Let us behave properly
as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in
sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and
Live a good life.
Be pure and kind toward others. Don’t get drunk or use
drugs and don’t have sex outside of marriage. Don’t fight
with others or be jealous of what they have.
Verse 14. “But put on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard
to its lusts.”
Let Jesus be
closer to you than the clothes you wear, and don’t even
think the bad thoughts that are so common to this world.
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries