Chapter twelve of Romans deals with unity through diversity - the use of spiritual gits.  Chapter thirteen is about unity through authority - responding in proper submission.

1.  Source of Authority - All authority comes from God - ordained (purposed).
2.  Service of Authority - All authority are ministers for God - two primary functions: praise good, punish evil.
3.  Submission to Authority - Submission means supporting goals and obeying guidelines.  Submission is the proper balance of obedience and appeal.  Submit to avoid punishment and to amplify testimony.

Do I accept authority in my life as the minister of God?  Am I supportive of the goals of my authority?  Do I obey the instructions of authority?  Have I learned how to make a proper appeal?

Walk with the Lord and submit to His authorities!!!

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