God and Governments

By Rev. Colin Mercer - Posted at thinkGospel.com:

Reading: 1 Peter 2:13-15

I write these words at a time when there is much discussion about politics and governments. Civil authorities are in the public mind. Politicians are vying for prominence and many talk about changing legalisation and overturning majorities. In the political turmoil that exists in many countries we can be thankful that scripture has something to say on this subject. Consider the following:

God is the sovereign and supreme ruler of this world. While scripture speaks of kings and governors this does not suggest that men are the supreme governors of the world. God is the sovereign ruler of all men. He controls all things and rules all things in heaven and earth.

Civil government is a divine institution. Civil government is part of God’s sovereign providence. This does not mean that every ruler is godly; what it does mean is that God, in His sovereignty, raises one up and pulls down another. In this sense they are the servants of God (Jeremiah 27:6).

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