Daily Devotions


Day 268

"He is God's minister..."

Text: Romans 13:4


Paul went on to offer an even deeper perception of how one should view rulers.

“For he is God’s minister to you for good.
But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not
bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister,
an avenger to execute wrath on him who practises evil.”
Romans 13:4

1. “He is God’s minister (servant… “diakonon”)”

a) Twice Paul uses the word “minister” to describe rulers.
b) The word chosen describes one who is no more than a lowly servant of God.

2. “God’s minister for good”

a) God has appointed rulers to govern human affairs.
b) Rulers will have a high regard for those who do good.

3. “God’s minister, an avenger”

a) He is also God’s minister in another capacity.
b) He bears “the sword”.
i) This is a reference to the strength of his authority.
ii) This is a reference to the power invested in the ruler.
iii) This is not a ceremonial sword,

4. “To execute wrath on him who practises evil”

a) The ruler has God’s backing when he uses his authority to bear on those bent on doing evil.
b) He will execute wrath on evil perpetrators.
i) He represents God’s authority.
ii) He upholds justice and puts down evil doers.