Sometimes one word makes all the difference. The final word in the idyllic American phrase “Liberty and justice for all” has been interpreted so many ways throughout the short history of our country. Not to mention all the ways that it is still interpreted in the pages of the Bible.
In his book Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ, John MacArthur takes us on a journey through the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, through the perspective of one Greek word: doulos. While nearly every English translation renders the word “servant,” the concept of what this word really means and its compelling implications are really founded in the word “slave.”
MacArthur starts with the Fall (Genesis 3) and moves from our slavery to sin and the glory of Christ’s intervention to make us slaves of himself, then adopting us as sons, and finally setting us free, free indeed. For me it was as if MacArthur took the jigsaw pieces that I already had and showed me how to put them together so that suddenly the image appeared more glorious than I had previously understood.
Highly recommended for any Christian seeking deeper understanding of the saving work of Jesus Christ.