Reading from Romans 13:1-7 Submission to the Authorities, it strikes me odd when Paul says “For rulers are not a terror”. Paul knows the rulers of his time were terror to their people, lots of examples to pick from. So what exactly was he referring to?
From my own personal experience, living in communist regime for 20 years, the ruler was a tyran and terror to his people. I do understand that, probably God instituted and let him, but submitting to his authority forever wouldn’t allow me and my family to open to God and follow him. So I am not sure how to take everything that Paul says here.
Secondly "For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. " What God’s wrath, Jesus says “it is finished” … So this passage is really weird …
“13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But 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. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 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.”