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Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ–Audio review


Many thanks to the christianaudio.com Reviewer’s program and the opportunity to write on this audio.

Reviewer: Derek R. Iannelli-Smith

RECOMMENDED:  A familial consistency from John MacArthur through strong historical grammatical reformed discipleship, reminding us of the gospel again!

A balanced view of the translational conspiracy on being a doulos (or slave, or in particular our slavery to Christ) and the role of Christ as kurios (Lord and Master).

Solid Solus Christus theme throughout,  combined with great historical exposition on the stories of Huss,  Spurgeon, Newton, Luther, some Piper quotes and great contextualization on doulos and kurios as it related to the 1st century church and the church today.

MacArthur says that doulos is used in the Greek New Testament 124 times, usually in describing the believer’s relationship to Christ: "Paul, a bond-servant [doulos] of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…" (Romans 1:1, NASB). At the same time, the Greek word kyrios, translated as "master," is often used for Christ. In first century Rome, where the slave/master relationship was well known, there was no avoiding what these terms signified.Discerning Reader

This was a refreshing exhilaration for renewing my mind as I know it will be for other MacArthur fans.  Having John MacArthur as the narrator of the audio book was also great.  There is just something ‘better’ when the author reads their own work. 

One of the main themes of the work is that we are reminded that we are slaves to Christ because we have been redeemed from our old master, sin, that "cruel tyrant" and the old has gone and the new has come, and we are no longer in bondage to sin because we have been reconciled and now ambassadors or reconciliation. 

MacArthur does a superb job of explaining the gospel rightly understood from a slave perspective something that is not too well received by our western hearts.  He goes on further to rightly place the Lordship of Christ in the pre-eminence it deserves while sharing the hope of scriptures saturated throughout the book.  No proof-texting here, all solid exegesis and excellent context.

imageThis is not new material for MacArthur however, in that he has been sharing this information for a while.  My wife and I saw a message by him last year on GTY on DirecTV that intrigued us to the point that when he came to Charleston SC recently, we we to see him speak on this topic at a small African American church downtown (think about that for a minute).  It was great to hear some of these items in person as well.  A well done YouTube promo for the book can be found here.

The audio book flows smoothly and MacArthur is such a great teacher that you are involved from the very moment is starts. It is well done and I highly recommend it.   This book will teach, rebuke, remind, admonish and exhort you about the privilege it is to be Slaves to Christ rather than Slaves to sin.

I feel so strongly about the message of this material that I am going to give away a copy of the hard cover book if you leave a comment on why you would be interested in this material (only 1 copy for give away, media mail, and US only).

"What does it mean to be a Christian the way Jesus defined it? MacArthur says it all boils down to one word: Slave. We have been bought with a price. We belong to Christ. We are His own possession."

I agree with the GTY website, “Embrace for yourself what the Bible really teaches about slavery—your relationship with Jesus Christ will never be the same.”

Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 22 For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 1 Corinthians 7:21-23 http://www.esvapi.org/assets/play.swf?myUrl=hw%2F46007021-46007023(ESV)

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