Colossians 1:16 AMP For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. Update. …. Ephesians 1:21 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. It is not easy to find a like forcible rendering for the other word, but we must remember that it, too, implies a wrong exercise of authority, in the interest, not of the subjects, but of the rulers. ... Bible Book List. Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes;(H) if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. The Powers could be considered the lesser Officers. for kings and all those in authority--so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. English Standard Version. God placed Joseph and Daniel in government positions in order to help promote good in pagan countries. It is used in Ephesians 6:12 to represent the angelic or demonic authorities that operate in the spirit realm. We are told to submit to governments out of respect for the God who ordained their rule over us. 6 This is also why you pay taxes,(G) for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. According to the Bible, “all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (Romans 13:1). Colossians 1:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Colossians 1:16, NIV: "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him." Exercise dominion over them.--Better, as in 1Peter 5:3, lord it over them. (T) 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,(U) and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[c](V). (P) So let us put aside the deeds of darkness(Q) and put on the armor(R) of light. More often exousia [ ejxousiva ] refers to the power employed by rulers or others in high positions by virtue of their office, such as civil magistrates ( … Mat Mt). 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against … (B) The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 So anyone who is against the government is really against something God has commanded. Does God, as many believe Romans 13: 1-2 says, personally appoint each and every leader? (E) 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.(F). The word powers is the Greek noun (#1849) “exousia” and means one who possesses authority or influence. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Luke 22:25-27 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors…, Daniel 2:12,13,37-45 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon…, Daniel 3:2-7,15,19-22 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up…. The Bible does in fact command Christians to “submit … to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1) and to pray “for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (I Timothy 2:2). True believers wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high … 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. It is used seven times in the scriptures to denote angelic or demonic rulers. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. According to the Bible, “all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (Romans 13:1). Other than submission, the Christian should pray for the government (1 Tim 2:1, 2). Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. The last reference in the Bible to principalities and powers is in Titus 3:1. Font Size Colossians 2:15. 3 People who do right don’t have to fear the rulers. Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Neuter 3rd Person Plural. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Rulers and kings have their spheres of influence ( Ro 13:1), as does Satan ( Col 1:13), but Christ has been placed above all realms of authority ( Eph 1:21). Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. God advises us to submit to “governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1). This means that it is God who has ordained the institution of government and that the role and purpose of government is mandated by Him. Government exists and survives because God supports it. Ephesians 6:12, NIV: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Every government is put in place by God. Probably from etho; a race, i.e. The emperor at the time was Nero, a decidedly evil ruler. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Matthew 18:3,4 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven…, John 13:12-17 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ephesians 6:12, ESV: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual … From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons. English Revised Version Daniel 4:17 "This decision is by the decree of the watchers, And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. Control, subjugate. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. He put Christ over all rulers, authorities, powers, and kings. Daniel 5:19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. Answer: The phrase principalities and powers occurs six times in the Bible, always in the King James Version and its derivatives (NKJV, MKJV). ERV: Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read Version Ephesians 6:12 GNB. Those who are against the government bring punishment on themselves. Jesus answered [Pilate], “You would have no authority over … Other versions translate it variously as “rulers and authorities,” “forces and authorities,” and “rulers and powers.”. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (D) 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. Eph 6:10 says we have a warfare in general between saints and spirit rebels who are against God. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural. Who are the rulers and authorities? He gave him authority over everything that has power in this world or in the next world. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. But Jesus called them to him, and said, You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority on them. Ephesians 3:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 3:10, NIV: "His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms," Ephesians 3:10, ESV: "so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places." When people look at Christians, they shouldn’t find those who are slandering their leaders or starting riots to overthrow government, even in the case of injustice, such as persecution or slavery. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Berean Study Bible When you are brought before synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say. This is a reference to earthly authorities and governments, who are ultimately placed over us by God's will. Summon, invite. Verb - Aorist Participle Middle - Nominative Masculine Singular. Who are the rulers and authorities? (M), 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come(N) for you to wake up from your slumber,(O) because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because. Perhaps the most widely-quoted and well-known verse regarding this matter comes from Romans 13. In this text Peter is talking about submission---submission to authorities in government, submission to masters, and all of this is in the context of suffering. Berean Literal Bible And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious how or what you shall reply in defense, or what you should say. The Christian also should consider serving in government. To have (exercise) power (authority) over. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Christians are aliens and strangers, just passing through this world (see 1 Peter 1:1). 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness,(S) not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. In most places where the phrase appears, the contexts make it clear that it refers to the vast array of evil and malicious spirits who make war … From kata and kurieuo; to lord against, i.e. Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles. Middle voice from pros and kaleo; to call toward oneself, i.e. Ephesians 3:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 3:10, NIV: "His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms," Ephesians 3:10, ESV: "so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places." Berean Study Bible His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, Berean Literal Bible so that now through the church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, King James Bible This means that it is God who has ordained the institution of government and that the role and purpose of government is mandated by Him. I think this is where Christians do the greatest harm today. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Second, the state can look upon Christianity as competitive, even hostile to its authority. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” This is a startling statement, given that the book of Romans was probably written in A.D. 56-57. Romans 13:1 teaches, "For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Holman Christian Standard Bible But Jesus called them over and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and the men of high position exercise power over them. New International Version (NIV), In contexts like this, the Greek word for, 1Co 7:29-31; 10:11; Jas 5:8; 1Pe 4:7; 1Jn 2:18; Rev 22:10, Lk 21:34; Gal 5:20, 21; Eph 5:18; 1Pe 4:3, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Personal Size, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story. NIV: New International Version To call to myself, summon. Douay-Rheims Bible For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Then do what is right and you will be commended. Answer, bid, bring word, command. The Bible does not explicitly explain why God allows evil rulers to come to power, but it does offer many principles that explain both the efforts and the limitations of rulers such as the Hitlers and Husseins of this world. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Obey Your Government Rulers. We are further advised in the Bible that rebelling against authority is rebelling against God (Romans 13:2). Romans 13:4 gives us the purpose of government and rulers. Romans 13:1 tells us, “There is no authority except that which God has established. Zechariah 1:15 tells us that God tolerates some evil from nations; but when they are excessively evil, God punishes them. Yet when the rulers become too evil, God will judge them and punish them. Their citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). King James Bible True believers wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in … Berean Study Bible His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, Berean Literal Bible so that now through the church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, King James Bible Everyone who rules was given the power to rule by God. We often apply and obey Romans 13 when the candidate in question is one we love, but when it’s not “our” person in leadership, whatever side that is, we can spew venom that is wicked and ungodly. Eph 6:10 says we have a warfare in general between saints and spirit rebels who are against God. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. All rights reserved worldwide. Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, New American Standard Bible Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, NASB 1995 Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, NASB 1977 To exercise authority over, overpower, master. Finally, when the government asks us to do something that is in direct disobedience to God’s Word, we are to disobey the government in faithful confidence of the Lord’s power to protect us. So what does the Bible, as a whole have to say about Christian obedience to government? From kata and exousiazo; to have full privilege over. Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Gospels: Matthew 20:25 But Jesus summoned them and said You (Matt. GNB: Good News Bible. We encountered these powers in chapter 1, where it says that God seated Christ "at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all ; Daniel 4:17 "This decision is by the decree of the watchers, And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, And all those who rule now were given that power by God. The Bible says we are to constantly honor the positions of governing authority, on both sides of the aisle. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Rebellion against earthly authority brings judgment (Romans 13:2). First, civil government is secular in nature while Christianity is spiritual. Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. ‘When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say NIVUK: New International Version (Anglicised) Version He, she, it, they, them, same. Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good (I) 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a](J) and whatever other command there may be, are summed up(K) in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b](L) 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. 8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The, the definite article. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities,(A) for there is no authority except that which God has established. A tribe; specially, a foreign one. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted,(C) and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 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