Romans 13:1–2 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Authority is something we are all under. The child is under the authority of his parents. The parents are under the authority of the government, and the government is under the authority of Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 28:
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
God has all authority. He gave it to Jesus and Jesus places authoritative structures in place for the common good of mankind, and for his own glory.
Remember that every time you resist an authority figure or structure you have been placed under, you are resisting God himself.
questions for the kids
- Name me three particular authority structures you are under.
- Have you resisted any of those structures in the past?
- What will happen (according to our verse) if you continue to resist these authority structures?