8:15, 16 The proper function of human rulers is defined by the order of God’s creation as revealed in the Word of God (Gen. 1:26–28). Wise rulership begins with the fear of the Lord (Deut. 17:18–20; 1 Kin. 3:6–9; 4:29–34). The Messiah will rule by perfect wisdom (Is. 11:1–3). See “Christians and Civil Government” at Rom. 13:1.