Romans 13:1–7 has often been used to justify an unseemly conformity to the status quo in this country and in others. It could be used to keep the church docile to the Nazi regime in Germany, and to impede the efforts of those in our own land who worked for equal rights for black people twenty years ago. Romans Chapter 13, verses 1 through 7, from the Authorized King James text: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. Commentary on Romans 13:8-10 (Read Romans 13:8-10) Christians must avoid useless expense, and be careful not to contract any debts they have not the power to discharge. In Romans 13, the first thing he says is, we are to submit to government. The God of Hope - Oh what a glorious title and beautiful theme for the triune God Who in unison are pledged to fill us with all joy, peace, love and hope, when we simply trust in the pure gospel of the Son of His love. Now that is a powerful verse. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and … I am indebted to Dr. Robert Milliman and his blog-post Love and War: Romans 13.1 – 7 in the Context of 12.9 – 13.10 (2011) for the initial idea of examining this passage in its context to avoid mis-readings of the text which have been used to justify everything from totalitarian regimes to … They are also to stand aloof from all venturesome speculations and rash engagements, and whatever may expose them to the danger of not rendering to all their due. Romans 13:1(WBS) Verse Thoughts. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Verse 1 reads, "Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God." We sometimes feel that we are surrounded by evil leaders who seem to have an anti-God agenda and we find it difficult to understand why. Romans 13:5: “Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.” Paul means that we should be subject to our government not only because we fear punishment if we break the law, but also because we fear God, who knows our hearts. Romans 15:13(NASB) Verse Thoughts.