Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,…
I. LAW IS OF GOD. Therefore godly men are obedient to human laws, when not inconsistent with the dictates of conscience, as being ordinances of God.
II. AUTHORITY IS DERIVED FROM GOD. Therefore righteous lawgivers and just judges are to be esteemed as God's gifts to a nation.
III. OBEDIENCE TO LAW AN ESSENTIAL PREPARATION FOR GOOD WORKS. No amount of religious profession, and no degree of activity in the performance of Christian duties, can compensate for the neglect of social duties or disregard of the claims of citizenship.
Parallel VersesKJV: Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,