The state is a derivative institution, an aspect of God’s world and order, not its own determiner.
My two cents
Exactly. I think everyone needs to be taught this. I only came across this statement a few years ago, and before that I implicitly assumed the state was an end unto itself. The state can have (delegated) authority, but not sovereignty.
Rushdoony, R.J. 1999, The Institutes of Biblical Law: volume 3, The Intent of the Law, Ross House Books, Vallecito, p. 209