inREVIEW — Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ, by John MacArthur

by Lee Buford on April 25, 2011

Let’s face it…anything having to do with the topic of slavery, or even the mention of it, is a bit taboo in modern society. But for the professing Christian the title of “slave” is much more than a title to be shunned or avoided. It’s an identity to be understood and embraced, and the reason for this excellent book by John MacArthur.

Slave, as the subtitle so aptly reveals, gives the reader a biblical look into the “hidden truth about your identity in Christ”. MacArthur, as he customarily does, provides an abundance of scripture references and historical context to trace the true meaning of the word “slave”, and more importantly, the true intended application of the word relative to all followers of Christ. MacArthur notes, in fact, that the right understanding of the word is more important today than ever before as modern society has, via many English translations of the Bible, chosen to interpret “slave” as “servant” to make it more palatable for the modern reader. In doing so, however, we fail to grasp the meaning of the word, and ultimately the right understanding of our relationship with and identity in Christ.

The layout of the book is great, and the writing is both engaging and easy to follow. MacArthur begins with the origins and meaning of the word “slave”, and goes on throughout the book to explain its application and relation to our identity in Christ by examining our role as slaves in relation to Christ’s role as Lord and Savior. He also covers the doctrines of sovereign election, total depravity, irresistible grace, and others, including applicable references, examples, and testimonies throughout. The book concludes with the Appendix: Voices from Church History, an expertly compiled section I really enjoyed.

In summary, I would tell you that this is a “must read” for all Christians and should be included in your library. I will close with the question we should all be able to answer, the question with which MacArthur began and ended the book, and the answer:

“What does it mean to be a Christian? … To be a Christian is to be a slave of Christ.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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