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Cum se intelege  Rom 13:1?


Se inteleg  stapanirile inalte la oameni adica la puterile politici conducatoare .din Turnul de veghere  (W.T ) 1 noi 1990 ,pag 11


Identifying the Superior Authorities

4 For some years, until 1962, Jehovah’s Witnesses held that the superior authorities were Jehovah God and Christ Jesus. However, in line with Proverbs 4:18, light increased, and this view was adjusted, which may raise questions in the minds of some. Are we now correct in saying that these authorities are the kings, presidents, prime ministers, mayors, magistrates, and others who wield secular, political power in the world and that we owe them subjection in a relative way?

5 Irenaeus, a writer of the second century C.E., said that according to some in his day, Paul was speaking at Romans 13:1 "in regard to angelical powers [or] of invisible rulers.” Irenaeus himself, though, viewed the superior authorities as "actual human authorities.” The context of Paul’s words shows that Irenaeus was correct. In the closing verses of Romans chapter 12, Paul explains how Christians should conduct themselves before "all men,” treating even ‘enemies’ with love and consideration. (Romans 12:17-21) Clearly, the expression "all men” has application to men outside the Christian congregation. So "the superior authorities,” whom Paul then goes on to discuss, must also be outside the Christian congregation. In harmony with this, notice how various translations render the first part of Romans 13:1: "Everyone must obey state authorities” (Today’s English Version); "everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities” (New International Version); "everyone ought to obey the civil authorities.”—Phillips’ New Testament in Modern English.


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                15 Further, in a general way, national governments serve as God’s minister by preserving public order until God’s Kingdom takes over that responsibility. According to Paul, to this end the authority "bears the sword,” symbolizing its right to inflict punishment. Usually, this involves imprisonment or fines. In some lands it may also include the death penalty. On the other hand, many nations have chosen not to have the death penalty, and that also is their right.


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3 Similarly, the State exercises its authority only because God as Sovereign Ruler permits it to do so. (John 19:11) Thus, "the existing authorities” can be said to "stand placed in their relative positions by God.” Relative to Jehovah’s supreme sovereign authority, theirs is by far a lesser authority. However, they are "God’s minister,” "God’s public servants,” in that they provide necessary services, maintain law and order, and punish evildoers. (Romans 13:1, 4, 6) So Christians need to understand that just because Satan is the invisible ruler of this world, or system, they are not subjecting themselves to him when they recognize their relative subjection to the State. They are obeying God. In this year, 1996, the political State is still a part of "the arrangement of God,” a temporary arrangement that God permits to exist, and it should be recognized as such by Jehovah’s earthly servants.—Romans 13:2.

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