1 Everyone is to obey the governing authorities, because there is no authority except from God and so whatever authorities exist have been appointed by God.
Titus 3:1 1Pet 2:13-17 Dan 2:21 John 19:11 Prov 8:15-16 Jer 27:5-8 Eph 5:21
2 So anyone who disobeys an authority is rebelling against God's ordinance; and rebels must expect to receive the condemnation they deserve.
1Pet 2:13 Jas 3:1 Titus 3:1 Isa 58:2 Jer 23:8-17 Jer 44:14-17 Luke 20:47
3 Magistrates bring fear not to those who do good, but to those who do evil. So if you want to live with no fear of authority, live honestly and you will have its approval;
Prov 20:2 1Pet 3:13-14 Deut 25:1 Eccl 10:4-6 Jer 22:15-18 Rom 13:4 Prov 14:35
4 it is there to serve God for you and for your good. But if you do wrong, then you may well be afraid; because it is not for nothing that the symbol of authority is the sword: it is there to serve God, too, as his avenger, to bring retribution to wrongdoers.
2Chr 19:6 Rom 12:19 1Thess 4:6 Rom 13:6 Prov 24:23-24 1Kgs 10:9 Eccl 8:2-5
5 You must be obedient, therefore, not only because of this retribution, but also for conscience's sake.
1Pet 2:19 Eccl 8:2 1Pet 2:13-15 1Pet 3:16 1Sam 24:5-6 Acts 24:16 Heb 13:18
6 And this is why you should pay taxes, too, because the authorities are all serving God as his agents, even while they are busily occupied with that particular task.
1Chr 18:14 Luke 20:21-26 Mark 12:14-17 Matt 17:24-27 Matt 22:17-21 1Sam 7:16-17 2Sam 8:5
7 Pay to each one what is due to each: taxes to the one to whom tax is due, tolls to the one to whom tolls are due, respect to the one to whom respect is due, honour to the one to whom honour is due.
Luke 20:25 Matt 17:25 1Pet 2:17-18 1Tim 5:17 Eph 5:33 Matt 22:21 Prov 24:21
8 The only thing you should owe to anyone is love for one another, for to love the other person is to fulfil the law.
Rom 13:10 Matt 22:39-40 Gal 5:14 Matt 7:12 Jas 2:8 Rom 13:7 John 13:34
9 All these: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and all the other commandments that there are, are summed up in this single phrase: You must love your neighbour as yourself.
Exod 20:12-17 Mark 12:31 Matt 22:39 Luke 10:27 Deut 5:16-21 Lev 19:18 Matt 19:18-19
10 Love can cause no harm to your neighbour, and so love is the fulfilment of the Law.
Rom 13:8 Matt 22:39-40 1Cor 13:4-7
11 Besides, you know the time has come; the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up, because by now our salvation is nearer than when we first began to believe.
Eph 5:14 1Pet 4:7 1Cor 15:34 1Thess 5:1-3 1Thess 5:5-8 Eccl 9:10 Luke 21:28
12 The night is nearly over, daylight is on the way; so let us throw off everything that belongs to the darkness and equip ourselves for the light.
Eph 5:11 Ezek 18:31-32 2Cor 6:7 Isa 30:22 Jas 1:21 1John 2:8-9 1Thess 5:5-8
13 Let us live decently, as in the light of day; with no orgies or drunkenness, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy.
Gal 5:21 1Thess 4:3-5 1Thess 4:12 Luke 21:34 1Pet 4:3-5 Eph 5:18 2Pet 2:18-20
14 Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop worrying about how your disordered natural inclinations may be fulfilled.
Eph 4:24 Gal 3:27 1Pet 2:11 Gal 5:24 Col 3:10-12 Gal 5:16-17 Col 3:5-8