John MacArthur’s Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity In Christ is packed with historical, cultural, and theological gems regarding the role of slaves; and the use of this imagery in the Bible. What starts out reading like a theology book—dealing first with Biblical texts, and then ancient Rome, and it’s influence on the writers of the New Testament—ends with a challenge to accept the role of Jesus Christ not just as Savior, but also Lord. With every other line either followed by a parenthetical reference or footnote, this powerful study is worthy of both your living-room and the classroom.
Not what I was expecting (in a good way)! Honestly, I was expecting this book to just scream, “Die! Die! Die!” But, instead, I was challenged to take a look at my own understanding of what the role of a slave was historically and culturally, and then allow the Holy Spirit to show me my own role as a “slave of Christ”. Throughout the book, the paradox of slavery to sin and slavery to Christ is revisited. What was beautiful, though, was that MacArthur then takes us on the journey through the process of being first slaves of sin, to slaves of Christ, then sons of God, to finally being citizens of Heaven. The idea of slavery being supported by the Bible may go against moral standards in your body; but, understanding your role in Christ as a slave will help you understand that the world’s view of freedom is really the worst kind of slavery there is… “if the Son sets you free, you are truly free” (John 8:36).
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