7.1.13 — Slavery To A Perfect Master


Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God’s good news — which He promised long ago through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures — concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and who has been declared to be the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness. We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of His name, including yourselves who also belong to Jesus Christ by calling:

To all who are in Rome, loved by God, called as saints.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are going to attempt by the will of God to go through the book of Romans. Romans is written sometime around 57 AD by the Apostle Paul. He wrote this letter to the Church at Rome. It is primarily written to believers. The first eleven chapters are doctrinal, and the remaining are practical. We should glean great benefit by going through this letter.

When is the last time that you saw a letter, read an article, or bought a book that was written by a slave? Well, you probably haven’t because it has been very rare in history for a slave to even read, let alone write something. We have here one such letter; written by a slave of Jesus Christ. Slavery is known as a very bad thing. The civil war that was fought in our country was a battle over slavery. The slavery that Paul commends here though is a different kind. You see, slavery is good or bad dependent upon the master one is bound to. Slavery to a perfect master is the best freedom in the world. And Paul here has found perfect freedom being a slave under his Perfect Master Jesus Christ.

This slave, the Apostle Paul has much he wants to tell us. But for starters, he wants us to know that he has good news to tell. He wants to share with us the long promised gospel. This gospel was a promise to humanity way back in Genesis chapter 3. God promised that he would someday send a Seed who would come to crush the head of the Serpent. This Seed came in the Person of Jesus Christ. He was a man, for he was a descendent from the line of David. And he was God, for he was the Son of God. This God-Man was declared to be the Son of God, and the Son of Man by the resurrection from the dead!

  • Tell me some things that you know about the Apostle Paul.
  • Tell me some other places you can think of in the Old Testament where Jesus was promised to come.

5 comments on “7.1.13 — Slavery To A Perfect Master”

  1. In the writing of Paul the apostle did not have it over a God-man,but was willing to speak on behalf of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who is not God but the son of God (a big difference.)

    1. I meant no disrespect to Jesus by using the term “God-Man”. In reflection it would have been better to use another term.
      – Jesus is a man…1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, Himself human,
      – Jesus is God…Titus 2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
      – Jesus is the Son of God…John 3:16
      “For God loved the world in this way:He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
      – Jesus is the Son of man…Matthew 12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the one to come.

      Thank you for your comment.

  2. In Titus is spoken of the hope we do have in god +and+ in the given Messiah, Jeshua the Christ in whom we do have life (Col 1:27; 3:3-4)

    You quote yourself that Jesus is the son of man and I am sure you also believe Jesus really died. God can not die and also can not be seen by people or they would die. Jesus was seen by many, though they did not die. Jesus also was tempted more than once, though God can not be tempted.

    God, who is no liar, also told about this Jewish man from Nazareth that he was His son. Jesus who did not sin, which mean he also did not tell any lies, said he could not do anything without his Father,who is greater than him (Jesus) (John 5:19; 14:28; 1Co 11:3)

    God is and always has been the Most High Eternal Being. Jesus had a beginning (being born) and an end (died), was lower than the angels but made higher afterwards to come to sit not on the throne of God, but next to Him (Jehovah God) to be the mediator between God and men. Later Jesus shall also hand over the Kingdom of God back to his Father to whom Jesus shall subject himself. (1Co 15:28)

    1. Thanks Marcus again for the comment. I write and think from the basic presupposition that all of Scripture is breathed out by God. I am reformed in my doctrine, and am a Trinitarian. I am also confessional, holding to the 1689 London Baptist Confession. We seem to differ on subjects like the deity of Jesus and possibly the incarnation. I do not think it beneficial to carry on a lengthy discourse regarding these issues. If you wish to understand my views at length, you can read through the 1689 confession. Also you may find it helpful to read an article called “Jonathan Edwards, The Holy Spirit, Trinity, Mind of Christ.” It is an unpublished essay by Jonathan Edwards on the doctrine of the Trinity. You can find that essay here for free. Thanks again, Scott

  3. Thanks for the information. And yes, we may have differences on the deity of Jesus, but let us hope we can bring one way or the other people to Christ and to love God, willing to be children of God.
    Keep preaching and working for the Lord.
    God bless.

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