The simple black and white cover of Slave, by John MacArthur, belies its contents. Purporting to be the “Hidden truth about your identity in Christ,” it expounds quite deeply upon the difference one translated word can make to our personal understanding of the Word.
I have had the pleasure of hearing MacArthur preach on the radio, and yet this book was a surprise of depth and a delight of resources upon such a simple concept. He brings to light the fact that our modern translations, consistent with cultural trends, have mis-translated the Greek word for slave into servant: and proceeds to shine light upon that concept in thirteen separate chapters. Moving from the translation challenges to the very definition of slave vs. servant, and expounding upon the concept of Christ as our Master (the converse relationship naturally must be defined), to the glorious truth that we are redeemed from slaves to sons! I especially enjoyed the appendix full of notations from the ‘big names’ of church history on this subject.
While this concept will find much resistance in my American-independant-of-anyone culture, it is a vital part of any active Christian’s spiritual arsenal, defining our relationship to our Lord, and thus to His creations, our neighbors. It is a challenging read, worthy of becoming a reference in your permanent library.
I had the privilege of reviewing this book for the Booksneeze program: the opinions stated are my own, and I am grateful to keep this copy in return for my review.