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Author: John F. MacArthur Narrator: John MacArthur, John F. MacArthur Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781400203529
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A COVER-UP OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS…

Centuries ago, English translators perpetrated a fraud in the New Testament, and it’s been purposely hidden and covered up ever since. Your own Bible is probably included in the cover-up!

In this book, John MacArthur unveils the essential and clarifying revelation that may be keeping you from a fulfilling—and correct—relationship with God. It’s powerful. It’s controversial. And with new eyes you’ll see the riches of your salvation in a radically new way.

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.”

Endorsements:

"Dr. John MacArthur is never afraid to tell the truth and in this book he does just that. The Christian's great privilege is to be the slave of Christ. Dr. MacArthur makes it clear that this is one of the Bible's most succinct ways of describing our discipleship. This is a powerful exposition of Scripture, a convincing corrective to shallow Christianity, a masterful work of pastoral encouragement...a devotional classic." ?Dr. R. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"John MacArthur expertly and lucidly explains that Jesus frees us from bondage into a royal slavery that we might be His possession. Those who would be His children must, paradoxically, be willing to be His slaves." ?Dr. R.C. Sproul

"Dr. John MacArthur's teaching on 'slavery' resonates in the deepest recesses of my 'inner-man.' As an African-American pastor, I have been there. That is why the thought of someone writing about slavery as being a 'God-send' was the most ludicrous, unconscionable thing that I could have ever imagined...until I read this book. Now I see that becoming a slave is a biblical command, completely redefining the idea of freedom in Christ. I don't want to simply be a 'follower' or even just a 'servant'...but a 'slave'." ?The Rev. Dr. Dallas H. Wilson,  Jr., Vicar, St. John's Episcopal Chapel, Charleston, SC

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John MacArthur expertly and lucidly explains that Jesus frees us from bondage into a royal slavery that we might be his possession. Those who would be his children must, paradoxically, be willing to be his slaves.”

    Dr. R. C. Sproul, founder and chair of Ligonier Ministries

  • “A powerful exposition of scripture, a convincing corrective to shallow Christianity, a masterful work of pastoral encouragement…a devotional classic.”

    Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • “Dr. John MacArthur’s teaching on slavery resonates in the deepest recesses of my inner-man. As an African American pastor, I have been there. That is why the thought of someone writing about slavery as being a godsend was the most ludicrous, unconscionable thing that I could have ever imagined…until I read this book. Now I see that becoming a slave is a biblical command, completely redefining the idea of freedom in Christ.”

    Reverend Dr. Dallas H. Wilson Jr., vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Chapel, Charleston, SC

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/20/2014

    " The book was ok but I think it would be really good for a Bible study....lots of notation...didn't really enjoy it as cover to cover book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 2/13/2014

    " Truly an insightful text, and very worthwhile for those interested in Biblical studies. I think this is the best book I have read by MacArthur. Humbling and helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordyn | 2/8/2014

    " This book has a fairly interesting premise-- comparing the life of a slave to how our relationship is with Christ. Pretty thought provoking. We'll be discussing it in our small group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/2/2014

    " This book is an excellent example of proper exegesis. It really helps to show one of the many important facets about our identity in Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 2/1/2014

    " John MacArthur is at his strongest when thoroughly explaining biblical concepts. Here, he expertly dissects the concept of a believer's identity in Christ through the biblical imagery of the slave-master relationship. The label of slave is (and probably always has been) an offensive and scandalous one, but MacArthur explains why this very fact is what made the "slave" title so appropriate in the minds of the New Testament writers as well as the early Christians. The concept of slavery to Christ is one which has most certainly not received the attention it is due, likely due to its offensiveness and the fact that no English translation renders the Greek word "doulos" as "slave" consistently, even though that is its straight-forward meaning. MacArthur is as well-researched in this work as he has ever been, referencing the works of a few who really have tackled this concept in depth, including "Slave of Christ" by Murray J. Harris (which I have not read) and "A Better Freedom" (which I have read, and which might actually be a better all-around book). MacArthur is known for his strong statements, for better or for worse. In this case, it's easily for the better, from cover to cover. A theological gem of great price has been hidden for far too long, and MacArthur has given us a great tool to help us dig it up. One small complaint I have that kept me from giving the book the full 5/5 is that I didn't feel that MacArthur satisfactorily explored Jesus' identity as a slave. "Slave," after all, is not only one of the most common titles for a Christian, but also for Messiah himself. A book about identity in Christ (Messiah) could have used a deeper exploration of Jesus' servanthood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 1/22/2014

    " Lots of good stuff to say about our need to submit to Christ. Pithy understanding of Greek Language and Translation theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 1/14/2014

    " Written for a popular audience. Would be great for small group discussion (they have a small group companion book). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawson | 1/12/2014

    " Impactful book that will change the way you view salvation and your relationship with God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenan | 11/28/2013

    " This really has changed my view of my identity in Christ. MacArthur's best so far..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teela | 11/28/2013

    " Deeper than I usually read, but it was very thought provoking and made me re-think my relationship to Christ. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milton | 10/14/2013

    " Like a research paper report on this word and how it has an impact on our current lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jena | 10/5/2013

    " Excellent reminder of who we are in Christ and what he means to us. Read it twice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 8/18/2013

    " Every Christian should read this book. Made me think in a different way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 4/6/2013

    " Good read. I really don't think it matters whether you use the term slave or servant, the key is obedience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory | 11/7/2012

    " One of the clearest explanations of the gospel and subsequent Christian life that I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 7/10/2011

    " Great book at the true meaning of what it being a servant of Christ really is, a slave. Goes into the meaning of the greek doulos and hebre eded and explains slave life in ancient hebrew world as well as the ancient roman world to explore what the slave analogies really mean. "

About the Author

John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John. He is president of the Master’s College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Bestselling titles include The Gospel according to Jesus, The Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient. 

About the Narrator

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of the Master’s College and Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry, which reaches millions worldwide. John has also written many bestselling books, including The Gospel According to Jesus.