Hermeneutics for Epistles (Part 4)
Romans 13:1-7 is a good example of the development of a logical argument. Most of the epistles follow the form of an ancient letter, which is greeting or salutation, thanksgiving or prayer, body of the letter and conclusion.
HERMENEUTICS FOR EPISTLES (PART 4)
I. Following an Argument (Romans 13:1-7)
A. Let every person be subject...
B. For there is no authority except from God
C. Whoever resists the authorities...will incur judgment
D. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad
E. Do what is good, and you will receive his approval
F. If you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer
G. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed
II. The Form of an Ancient Letter
A. Greeting or salutation
B. Thanksgiving or prayer
C. The body of the letter
E. Insights from consideration of form