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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 7448 slavery, in NT
7448 slavery, in NT

7448 slavery, in NT

The NT does not condone slavery but recognises that slavery exists, and that many slaves have become believers. The status of slaves in the church is transformed by the work of Jesus Christ. Slaves were accorded greater respect because they were seen to be spiritually equal with others.

Examples of slavery in the NT

Ac 16:16-21 Paul and Silas deliver a demon-possessed slave girl; Phm 8-21 Paul returns the runaway slave Onesimus to his master.

The gospel transforms the status of slaves

1Co 12:13; Gal 3:26-28

Instructions concerning slavery

Instructions to Christian slaves Eph 6:5-8 See also 1Co 7:20-24; Col 3:22-24; 1Ti 6:1-2; Tit 2:9-10; 1Pe 2:18-21

Instructions to Christian masters Eph 6:9 See also Col 4:1; Phm 8-17

The immorality of trading in slaves 1Ti 1:9-10

See also

2327Christ as servant
6754union with Christ

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