1 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers.
They should be obedient,
always ready to do what is good.
2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling.
Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
It's amusing to me that usually the people who quote this verse people within their political persuasion are in power.
But when their leaders are not in power, evidently these two verses aren't to be considered.
Amusing, isn't it? ;-)
Then Paul makes a pretty bold statement.
We don't think of it as stupendous as the people back then would have.
We're used to thinking it's okay to come boldly into a connection with God.
But back then, it was just not a piece of the psyche...
...people did not approach God...
...He was too holy, they were too sinful.
3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient.
We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures.
Our lives were full of evil and envy,
and we hated each other.
4 But—"When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,
5 he saved us,
not because of the righteous things we had done,
but because of his mercy.
He washed away our sins,
giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life."