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Caesar or God?

​History is filled with pharaohs, emperors, caesars, czars, sultans, kaisers and khans, dictators, tyrants, kings – POWER inevitably concentrated into the hands of one person. 

“When a society has entered on this downward progress, either civilization or liberty must perish. Either some Caesar or Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong hand.” William Federer

America does not have a monarchy, but a republic. A “republic” is where THE PEOPLE are KING, ruling through their representatives — their public servants.

Did American leaders understand Plato’s warning that democracy without virtue would end in chaos out of which a tyrant would arise? 

THE KING AND HIS KINGDOM 

John 18:36-37 “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

Pilate, therefore, said to Him, “Are You a king then?”

Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause, I was born, and for this cause, I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

The Kingdom Is Not Physical
The Kingdom Is From Somewhere Outside This World
Jesus Is The King Of His Kingdom 
The Message Of The Kingdom Is Truth 
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THE EXPECTATION OF THE KING 
Matthew 22:21 “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”

Caesar (severed) – The surname of Julius Caesar, which adopted by Octavius Augustus and his successors Caesar become an official title adopted by the Roman emperors 

“Render” – pay, give back things promised under oath, yield 

To Caesar Render 
·      Respect the Law
·      Pay your Taxes  
Render Unto God
Revelation 22:12-14 “I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give [Render] to every one according to his work.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”

·      Honor – With your Life, Words & Love 
·      Tithe – First 10% of your income 
·      Day – Gather on Sunday 

THE MESSENGERS OF THE KINGDOM 
Acts 17:6-7 “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.  Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.”

Acts 5:28-32 “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”
But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Prayer 
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

Salvation 
1 Timothy 2:4-6 “[God] who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself a ransom for all…”

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