Steven A. Bush - October 20, 2013

The Doulos Distinction

The Doulos Distinction

The Greek word, Doulos, appears around 150 times in the New Testament and it's a term not easily embraced.  Most English versions of the NT translate the word as servant or bond servant.  But many scholars say the word is best translated as slave.  In Christ we share many wonderful distinctions: through His death on the Cross we have been reconciled--turned from enemies into friends; we have been freed from enslavement to sin and adopted as His sons and daughters; and because we now bear the distinction of being God's children, we are likewise heirs of a priceless inheritance.  But Paul and Peter, even James the very brother of Jesus, referred to themselves most often as bond servants (slaves!) of Christ.  Our culture bristles at such notions.  We prefer to see ourselves as well deserving King's kids, expectant of all the royal blessings in the here and now.  But truthfully, doulos is the better distinction.  And come that Day, we all eagerly hope to hear Jesus say to us: "Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your Master."

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