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Concerning Political Order – part 9

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1 Timothy 2:1–2

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning Political Order 

This entire topic concerning civil affairs has been so clearly set forth by our theologians that many people who are occupied in the state and in business have declared how they have greatly benefited. Before, troubled by the opinion of the monks, they were in doubt as to whether the gospel permits public office and business. Accordingly, we have repeated these things here so that outsiders may understand that the kind of doctrine which we follow does not undermine the authority of magistrates and the worth of civil ordinances. Rather, our position strengthens their positions. The importance of these matters has been greatly obscured by foolish monastic opinions, which prefer the hypocrisy of poverty and humility to the state and the family, even though the latter have God’s command, while the Platonic community does not.

Pulling It Together: As God has established all civil authorities, he would have us pray for them—whether we like them or not. Christian love demands that we hold them before God in prayer. Moreover, wisdom compels us to pray for them, since the sound leadership of public servants is a benefit to us, providing us with “a peaceful and quiet life.”

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to lift up all those in high positions. Amen.

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This volume in the series, "Old Places, New Faces," The General Epistles offers a series of 12 Bible studies based on Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II, & III John, and Jude. The geographical locations of Biblical characters can symbolically refer to places we find ourselves with respect to our faith. As we become more acquainted with our spiritual geography, we will better discern where God would have us go or what changes we need to make in order to serve Him better.

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