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Obey your governors as the officers of God

November 4, 2016


‘Having begun with God, obey your governors as the officers of God, with an obedience ultimately divine.’ All things must be done in holiness by the holy. That is, God must be discerned, obeyed, and intended in all; and therefore in magistrates in a special manner . . . taking them as the officers of God, and remembering by whose commission they rule, and whose work they do; that “they are the ministers of God to us for good.” If you do not this,

    1. You wrong God, whose servants they are; for he that despiseth, despiseth not man but God.

    2. You wrong the magistrate, as much as you should do an ambassador, if you took him to be the messenger of some Jack Straw, or some fellow that signifieth no more than his personal worth importeth.

     3. And you wrong yourselves; for while you neglect the interest and authority of God in your rulers, you forfeit the acceptance, protection, and reward of God.

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 38.


Massachusetts Militia Passing Through Baltimore (Baltimore Riot of 1861) engraving of F.F. Walker (1861) - http://www.braceface.com/medical/Civil_War_Articles/6th_Mass_volunteer_militia.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5009355

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