Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Slave by John MacArthur

Slave When I first viewed the trailer for Slave by John MacArthur I knew I wanted to read this book.  He begins by eplaining a cover-up on the part of the translators of the English New Testament to mistranslate the Greek word doulos to say bondservant in most of our modern Bible translations.  In truth, doulos should be translated slave.  MacArthur then explains throughout the book what slavery was in the Greco-Roman period and what it was in the Old Testament, making the comparisons to Christians and their relationship with the Lord.

Once he began explaining the context for the use of the term slave all through the New Testament, it unlocked for me a new way of viewing my relationship with Jesus Christ.  It's not that I hadn't called Him my Lord or my Master.  I do.  It's just that I have a deeper grasp on the real meaning of that Master/slave relationship. 

MacArthur quotes tons of scripture that reference Christ being Lord and we being His slaves.  Reading those familiar passages with this new viewpoint gave a greater depth to their meaning than I have seen before.

Truly, this book should humble a Christian and give them a greater fear and love for the Lord.  I highly recommend it to all Christians who desire to love and serve the Lord wholeheartedly.

I wish to thank BookSneeze for providing me with a free copy of this book for review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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