A Bond-Slave of Jesus, An Apostle, set Apart

A Bond-Slave Of Jesus, an Apostle, set Apart

Romans 1:1



Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher

Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, September 06, 2009


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The question has always been asked, “How do you know you have been called by God to preach or teach. Does God set apart men, does God separate men unto the work of the Gospel?

God called a unique man to be the major spokesman of the Good news. Paul was God’s keynote speaker for the heralding of the Good news.

Paul was in training for this position before he was even saved

Greek Education

Roman Citizenship

Great Ability to lead

A fighter

Highly motivated




Specially called & converted

clip_image004 clip_image006 St Paul, by El Greco clip_image008

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles, 16th century (Blaffer Foundation Collection, Houston, Texas). Most scholars think Paul actually dictated his letters to a secretary.

And may I say, every preacher who has ever preached the gospel has depended on Paul’s sermons for his material.

Paul tells us three things about him in verse one

1. Paul 3972 a servant1401 of Jesus Christ5547

a servant of Jesus Christ — The word here rendered "servant" means "bond-servant," or one subject to the will and wholly at the disposal of another. In this sense it is applied to the disciples of Christ at large (1 Corin. 7:21-23) as in the Old Testament to all the people of God ( Isa 66:14)). But as, in addition to this, the prophets and kings of Israel were officially "the servants of the Lord" ( Josh 1:1, Ps. 18:1 title), the apostles call themselves, in the same official sense, "the servants of Christ" (as here, and Php. 1:1, Jam 1:1, 2 Peter 1:1, Jude 1:1), expressing such absolute subjection and devotion to the Lord Jesus as they would never have yielded to a mere creature. (See on Rom 1:7, John 5:22,23)).—Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

1401 Doulos. Slave, that is. Exodus 21:5-6, I Corin 7:21-23, 2 Corin 4:5, Gal 1:10, 3:28, Eph 6:5 Phil 1:1 Col. 3:11, 1 Tim 6:1. In subjection , bond servant.

5547"Christ" = "Christos" = our Lord’s Messianic name with a view to His diety.

Christos comes from a Greek word “chrio”) meaning contact, to smear, to rub, and seems to be used in the context as of anoint with oil. Luke 4:18. Yet christos means “anoint, i.e. the Messiah” which tells us that the meaning CHRIST is an assigned usage meaning. Several other words in the N.T. also were given a spiritual christian meaning that was not the original Greek meaning. So it is not uncommon for a word to be used in a slightly new and different way to express a spiritual concept by the N.T. writers. Only twice in the N.T. is “Messias” 3323 used. John 1:41 & 4:25. Interestingly it is in John 4:25 that both messias and christos are used. There are several other Greek words translated anoint, anointing, or anointed in the N.T.

“I don’t serve because I have to, or force to, or paid to, or afraid not to, I serve because I love my master, therefore, I shall never go free. He became known as a bond slave.

clip_image010 Facial composite of Paul the Apostle by experts of the LKA NRW, Germany

A Slave of Dignity or Humility?

· The Jewish sense versus the Hebrew sense.

o Yes, there is a certain incomprehensible dignity in being called a servant of Jesus Christ And at the same time an object of slavery – a term of humility.

o 1 Corinthians 3:5 Ministers as table waiters.

o 1 Corinthians 4:1 Ministers of Christ “under row.” Paul was saying he was a third-level galley slave for Christ.

o A person in a state of slavery; one whose person and liberty are subjected to the authority of a master.


· To be a preacher/teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ is sometimes overwhelming. There is no higher calling in life than to proclaim the Word of the Pulpit and to be able to teach the Word of God under the Power of the Holy Spirit, what a high calling. There is a sense of honor and dignity in the calling. The Scripture says, “Respect them,” “Obey them.” “Submit to them.” “Set your life to follow their example.”

· To be a preacher/teacher of the gospel also in a sense is the humblest kind of service. You realize you have absolutely no right to think you deserve it, because of who you are.

2. He was a preacher of the gospel

· He was a called2822 “apostle652”. He didn’t decide on his own. God decided. He was not appointed by man.

o Acts 9:15, 22:14-15, 26:16-17, 1 Corin. 9:16, Gal. 1:1

When first he "saw the Lord"; the indispensable qualification for apostleship. ( Acts 9:5, 22:14, I Corin 9:1).

Apostle” means “sent one”. Commissioned one, dispatched one, a messenger, ambassador.

One must know he has been sent and not that he is just going.

The official sense and general sense of the word. All Christians are apostles ‘sent ones, to present the gospel. There are Apostles who were specially called by God.

3 Separated873unto the gospel2089of God. Set Apart

You can not serve God unless you are separated. Separation has the idea of setting apart. Numbers 15:20, Numbers 8:11, Lev. 20:26

separated unto the — preaching of the

gospel — neither so late as when "the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul" ( Acts 13:2), nor so early as when "separated from his mother’s womb" (Gal 1:15). He was called at one and the same time to the faith and the apostleship of Christ (Acts 26:16-18).

of God — that is, the Gospel of which God is the glorious Author. (Rom 15:16, 1 Thess. 2:2, 8, 9, 1Peter 4:17).

Once Paul knew he was called, he knew he was disconnected from the past.


1A He was a bond Slave.

2A Utterly surrendered to the Lord.

3A Sent to carry the Message of the Cross.

4A He cut the cord with the world.


1A `Getting lazy in the ministry

2A `Becoming shy and not bold

3A He was ashamed of the Gospel

4A He was not doing his job with the Word of God

5A He was getting entangled in youthful lust

4A He was getting involved with speculative philosophy.

5A He was being influenced by the world’s system.


About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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