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:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Romans 13 Continued
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
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.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Romans 13 Continued
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
More on The Book of Romans
The Book of Romans is a very powerful book in the New Testament that shares with us many important doctrinal truths that we all need to remember like there's no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and that grace doesn't give a license to sin.
Romans 13 shares with us that we are to live in subjection to the governing authorities. Apostle Paul brings it full circle when he shared that the ruling or governing authorities are there to be a terror to those who are evil and do wrong. It does not mean that we are to blindly accept and do what governing authorities want us to do that may contradict the word of God, however. This is shown as the Apostle Paul in Romans 13 goes on to talk about love, and keeping the commandments of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
May you live and about to every good work to the glory of The Lord Jesus Christ and walk in His authority in Jesus' Mighty Name being subject to civil authority or governing authorities, giving due honor, and respect, as long as the authorities are subject to God as God's ministers as Romans 13 and other passages in the New Testament teach.
I enjoy the book of Romans. In fact, it was Romans that gave my ministry colleague and me a lot of ammunition when bringing the gospel to the unsaved a while back in my hometown.
It is my prayer that you are blessed as you read and that you understand the mysteries of the Gospel, knowing the awesome and monumental feat that the Lord Jesus Christ performed for us through His life, death, resurrection, and ascension.