Paul a bond-servant of Christ Jesus Romans 1:1-7

Paul starts the greeting with his name Paul which is customary for his letters.  He then continues with the phrase “a bond-servant of Christ Jesus”.

The first thing Paul wants them to understand about himself is he is a bond-servant.

Most english translations translate the word here doulos as either servant or bond-servant.

The word actually means bond slave so Paul is calling himself a slave of Christ Jesus.

This is a very interesting way for a man to describe himself.  Can you imagine walking up to to a total stranger and saying “Hi I’m Keith Powers and I’m a bond slave of Christ Jesus.”?

So why is Paul calling himself a slave right from the start?
 

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