Friday, March 8, 2013

Two Governments

Mar 12:13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
Mar 12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
Mar 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
Mar 12:16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.
Mar 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

We have a responsibility to our nation which includes paying taxes. This is allowed by Jesus. There is also spiritual government or spiritual dominion and authority. What does God require of us in regards to His dominion? He requires truth and obedience and service. The world leaders often lie and manipulate and pretend to be servants, but they have a responsibility to protect the people. It would be good if our nation followed God, but I see that  there are wicked spirits in high places.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We are citizens of a nation of the world and citizens of God's kingdom. We do fight spiritual battles every day, so we had better be equipped to withstand the evil day.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

We must realize that we are in a battle against the forces of evil, the demonic spirits of satan. They want to lead us away from God and to kill us.

1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

We must pay taxes to our government but our soul belongs to God. We are his adopted children through Jesus Christ. Satan wants to get us to sin and turn away. Jesus gave us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be our faithful companion. We are to walk in the truth of God doing the good will of God.

It was June 25, 1950 my brother's eighteenth birthday. Over the radio was a news report that North Korea had invaded South Korea. The United States was at war; the Korean War.  
My brother was soon called to serve his country as a soldier of the United States. This (police action) was over in three years, a bloody conflict. The good news is that Christian America planted gospel seeds in South Korea. The nation has some of the largest Christian churches in the world now.
We should pray for those in the military and pray for our leaders that they will serve under the authority of Almighty God and Jesus His Son. Pray for your own strength and obedience to God. Pray for me as Paul gave us an example.

Eph 6:19  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 

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