Romans 12 and 13 get into some specific application of Paul's theological argument in the first 11 chapters.
Chapter 12 addresses our individual and corporate worship and how, in the unity we experience in the Body of Christ, we can overcome the world in Christ's love.
Chapter 13 speaks specifically about how we respond to earthly authorities in that love by taking refuge in Christ who has ultimate authority.
This post is going to be long. In an effort to have a cohesive flow of thought, the outlines from Bible studies in Romans from recent months is given here. Each study starts with a new section, clearly marked, with points of application along the way.
A Brief Summary: Paul’s benediction which concludes his theological argument for one new redeemed humanity of God’s chosen people in Romans 1-11 reads, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36). “From Him” is the gift of a righteous life in Christ (Rom. 1:16-17) and the hope of the “redemption of our bodies” in which we share in His glory (Rom. 8:23, 30). “Through Him” and His covenant with Abraham, we can overcome the Flesh by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 2:29; 4:9-12; 7:21–8:2; 8:16-17, 26-27). “To Him are all things” implies that we should simply present ourselves to Him (Rom. 6:19; 12:1-2) to become like Him—the only good (Rom. 8:28-30).
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Associate Pastor for Centre Union Church in Yeagertown, PA.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!