Romans 13 Lesson



When is the right time to get our spiritual lives in order? 

Should we wait for everything to be calm in our lives? 

Do we wait for a crisis to occur? 

Or is the time to act now?

Our focus verse for today’s lesson comes from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans:

  • “The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” – Romans 13:12.

To help us understand this scripture, we will break it down into four parts:

  1. Darkness,
  2. Light,
  3. Jesus' return,
  4. And judgment.


The Bible tells us that those whose deeds are evil hate the light. 

  • “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” – John 3:20.

John wrote in his first epistle:

  • “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” – 1 John 1:6.

We need to be careful of the company that we are keeping, and make sure that those that we associate with do not cause us to stumble. 

Paul warned us about this in his second letter to the Corinthians:

  • “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14.

Similarly, John wrote in the Book of Revelation:


Instead of walking in the darkness like the rest of the world, Christians are supposed to be different.

And that means following Jesus who is the light of the world, as evidenced by the following two scriptures:

  • “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’” – John 8:12.

  • “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” – John 12:35-36.


Jesus promised us that He is preparing a place for His followers and that He is going to return for us.

There is no greater hope that we have than this! 

As disciples of Jesus, we should look ahead with great anticipation to spending eternity in Heavenwith God, Jesus, and all the saints!

Consider the following words spoken by Jesus:

  • “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come againand receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” –  John 14:1-3.

Of course, none of us know when Jesus is going to return.

Only God knows that:

  • “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” – Mathew 24:36.

Meanwhile, we must constantly be on the alert to protect ourselves against the relentless attacks of Satan!

  • “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.  But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.  For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” - Mathew 24:42-44


When we die, we are all going to be judged for the way that we lived our lives while we were alive.

The Hebrew writer wrote about this in the following scripture:

If we practiced lawlessness and did not have a relationship with Jesus while we were alive, we will not get to go to Heaven. Jesus spoke about this during His Sermon on the Mount:

  • “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” – Mathew 7:21-23.


The time to get our spiritual lives in order is today! 

Jesus is coming back, and when He does, He will judge the faithful and the sinners alike.

The choices that we make while we are alive are going to dictate whether we go to Heaven or Hell.

Therefore, we must choose wisely, and not put off getting our spiritual lives in order another day! 

We will end today’s lesson with five matters of salvation the Bible teaches us we must do to be saved:

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Mathew 7:21


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Melley Mell

Procrastination is like White Lines......Don't Do It!

Melley Mell

That was a good song back in the day! And I agree :)

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Whenever I read Romans chapter 13 I am convicted. I have a boss who I question how he would be placed in authority by our Lord. He is arrogant, unfair, haughty and mostly disrespectful of his parents who have blessed him with the position of authority that he is in. I find myself convicted of questioning why the Lord would place him in this position and of judging him for his ways. I lean to Isaiah 55:8-9 and understand that the Lords ways are higher then mine and it is not for me to understand why HE has placed this man in authority. Once again tomorrow I will go into work with the freshness of this chapter in my heart and I will be shot down again by noon with some example of my bosses’ shortcoming. And again I will convict myself of judging him and trying to understand why the Lord has placed him in this authority. Pray for me please to not judge this man or question why someone like him has been given this authority. Give me the strength to give him the respect that the Lord has said I should give him. I ask it in the holy and most precious name of Jesus.


How powerful it is to know that we can wear the armor of light by a couple simple actions compared to what Jesus did for us and simply laying aside the deeds of darkness we once practiced and looking to him as a model for a new way to live our lives .

“Thank you Jesus for for doing what no one else could’ve done and saving my life! “


Beautifully articulated Marcelo. Thanks for sharing!


I remember when I was younger I was talking to a preacher and said, "I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, and I believe in the Bible, I just haven't ever read it." It was then that a light went on. I committed to read through the Bible and see for myself exactly what it said.

I remember the sense of relief I had when I had read through the entire New Testament for the first time. I thought to myself, "Now nobody can ever try to trick me or tell me something is scripture when it is not - because I've read it for myself."

That was about 25 years ago. Today, I'm so thankful that I made that decision and continue to read through the Bible and reflect on what the scriptures mean. What a blessing it is to be in God's word everyday and have people to share it with!

Pat Dermody

Today in Romans we are reminded to love our neighbor.
The person who modeled this for us was Jesus. How can we be like Jesus if we don’t get to know him through the stories in the Bible? Each chapter reminds us of different ways we can live a good Christian life and improve ourselves, always trying to be more Christ-like. The Old Testament also gives us examples of how to love eg, Ruth and Naomi. Reading the Bible is my nourishment and I need to read it to be replenished each day!