Oops! Oh, that ‘Law’ thing?
- Government officials are expected to know the law and to enforce the law. God also expects government officials to follow the law.
- Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should expect unfair and or unethical treatment because the world hates God and lashes out against those who love God. However, believers also need to depend upon God the Holy Spirit to lead regarding if and when to use the law for their advantage and the advantage of the Gospel.
- Conclusion: We all begin as citizens of this world. The Lord Jesus Christ calls some to “renounce worldly citizenship for heavenly asylum.” Those who are “all-in” as worldly citizens have eternal issues with the Lord Jesus Christ, and those who are in Christ have temporal issues in the world.
(35) Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, “Release those men.” (36) And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The chief magistrates have sent to release you. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” (37) But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us in public without trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out.” (38) The policemen reported these words to the chief magistrates. They were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, (39) and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city. (40) They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.-Acts 16:35-40