April 29, 2018
When Paul addressed slaves and masters in his letter to the Ephesians, he was not driven by social or political reform but by the Gospel: Practically, Paul was in no position to bring about the abolition of slavery; theologically, he could not detract from the priority of the message of Jesus Christ. Alistair Begg reminds us that the Church’s calling is not to change the culture, but to share the only thing that can change the human heart–the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
5Bondservants,1 obey your earthly masters2 with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant3 or is free. 9Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master4 and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
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