Date: October 7, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians: 6: 5-9 |


The topic of slavery is complex.  In the Roman Empire virtually all work was done by slaves, from manual labor to doctor, teachers, and managers.  Upwards of 1/3 of the population were slaves.  Paul’s teaching didn’t’ destroy slavery, but it disrupted it.  And, the seeds for the abolition of slavery were planted.

Paul told slaves to sincerely obey their masters just as they would obey Christ.  Christianity doesn’t offer an escape from our circumstances.  Furthermore, whatever work we do should be good enough to show God.  Paul told masters to treat their slaves in the same way as slaves were told to treat their masters.  He reminded the masters they were slaves of Christ.  All Christians are slaves of Christ.  Live to please your Master Jesus Christ.