The Purpose of Government

What is the purpose of human government?

As an ardent Progressive Dispensationalist, I see seven dispensations in which God  brought about salvation for man. The third dispensatition is known as the dispensation of human government. This dispensation began when Noah and his family exited the ark. Let’s examine what God said to them:

Genesis 9:1 – God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth. 2 All the wild animals, large and small, and all the birds and fish will be afraid of you. I have placed them in your power. 3 I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables. 4 But you must never eat animals that still have their lifeblood in them. 5 And murder is forbidden. Animals that kill people must die, and any person who murders must be killed. 6 Yes, you must execute anyone who murders another person, for to kill a person is to kill a living being made in God’s image. 7 Now you must have many children and repopulate the earth. Yes, multiply and fill the earth!”

God had devolved (delegated) the government of man to men, but the governoring man IS to do it as He instructs.

Governoring officials are God’s ministers. Dwight Pentecost called Gods officials “theocratic administrators.” Let’s examine what Paul said about theocratic administrators.

Romans 13:1 – Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. 2 So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. 3 For the authorities do not frighten people who are doing right, but they frighten those who do wrong. So do what they say, and you will get along well. 4 The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong. 5 So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience.

You see, government is a tool of God. Now, two questions are to be answered:

1. How does government get into position? In the United States, government is elected by the people, but I posit that the people are to pray to God and ask God for whom should they elect.

2. What do you do when the government is not led by God? Answer? Pray!!! Let’s examine Paul’s exhortation to Timothy.

1st Timothy 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. 2 Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

Our responsibility is to pray for ALL who are in authority. When we are faithful in praying for the government, we will live a quiet and peaceful life.

Summary: We are to pray for those running for political office. We are not to deride the person in government, because they are God’s ministers. Now, if the government is not Godly, we are to still pray for them. After all, it’s not all about government…it’s about us.

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