“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” -Titus 3:1-2
We are to submit to government rulers and authorities. You might not agree with them, but you are submit to them and show them and their office respect. You don’t ever want to alienate someone from hearing the Gospel of Christ.
-Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday morning sermon from Titus 3: “How then shall we live?“)
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Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Luke 20:19-26
So they watched Him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch Him in something he said, so as to deliver Him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. So they asked Him, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them… -Luke 20:20-23
Rival factions were beginning to join for a common cause. Both religious and political parties were conniving murder. Their hearts were beating hatred. They were conspiring to kill Jesus.
Here, they thought they had the perfect question to trap Him, but you can’t corner God. He knows the hearts of men.
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Luke 20:1-19
One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to Him, “Tell us by what authority You do these things, or who it is that gave You this authority.” -Luke 20:1-2
Society promotes always questioning authority. Jesus has ALL authority (Matthew 28:18). In Luke 20, Jesus gives a parable of those who reject authority.
God is the one who planted the vineyard. The vineyard is Israel. God put spiritual leaders in charge of the vineyard, but the leaders assumed possession. So God sent prophets to warn them multiple times, but they abused them. God was long-suffering, but they kept abusing the authority. So God sent His beloved Son. The leaders will willing to kill just to keep their authority–and this parable became prophecy fulfilled just a few days after.