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Bearing the Image of God

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Stephen Johns

on 10 August 2014

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Transcript of Bearing the Image of God

Bearing the Image of God
Mark 12:13-17
First Level Understanding
The Wicked Plan
The Wicked Men
The Question
The Response of Christ
“Caesar Augustus Tiberius, son of the DivineAugustus."
Luke 20:20

“And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.”
Hypocrites . . .
They flatter with words they don't believe
They don't really want an answer to the question
They appear as seekers but are actually spies
They appear as submissive to His authority but are really rebels against God
The Lesson of Submission to Government
The Wicked Roman Government and the United States
The Government as an Image Bearer
Romans 13:1-3

“1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same”
Romans 13:6-7

"6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."
Broken Image Bearing
The Lesson of Submission to God
Our Struggle with Taxes
The Analogy of Taxation
Rendering to God
We think we own the money

We think we are asked for too much

We think we make better decisions

We think it exists to serve me as an individual more than a greater cause

We lose control of its usage
A resentment of a distant authority making unethical demands of what we own, to use in ways we don't approve, and for ends that may not serve me best.
The Gospel says it is actually a loving and involved God making righteous demands of lives that are not ours, to further something greater than us, that we get to enjoy with Him forever.
1. As Image Bearers
2. As Gratefully Owned
3. As Joyfully Submitted
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