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1 Timothy 2:2 – Worthy of an ambassador

08-11-2023 - Posted by Hans

… for kings and all those being in superior station, that we may be leading a mild and quiet life in all devoutness and gravity.

Our attitude towards kings and all those in superiority is typified on the one hand by prayer and thanksgiving and on the other by a mild and quiet life. Those two characterizations belong together. When we are confronted with those in power who oppress and do injustice, we do not organize a revolution but surrender everything to Him who already has it in order. Which does not mean that we should always let everything go its way. Paul also used his rights where possible (Acts 16:37; 22:25; 25:11).

But this attitude does mean that we recognize all high-ranking people in the position in which they are placed. For the Most High gives power to whomever He wills for as long as He wills (Dan.4:17). That is why Paul could also pray and thank Emperor Nero. Because whoever realizes these things is able to walk calmly and quietly in the midst of all political turbulence. Paul adds: “in all devoutness and gravity.” Because this attitude gives glory to GOD, but it is also worthy of an ambassador. An honorable ambassador of a Kingdom that is not of this world (John 18:36).