1 Timothy 6:1-2

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1All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them.

5 responses to “1 Timothy 6:1-2

  1. I will admit up front, as I ave done in other passages on slavery, that I struggle with the issue of slavery in the Bible and how it is addressed.

    This reference is not an illustrative one having to do with the bondage of sin. This is literally a message to the slaves in Timothy’s church and how they are to respect their masters.

    We live in a society much different than the cultural represented here. We believe that freedom is one of the inalienable rights bestowed by God.

    While this passage does not apply today in the slave/master sense. It does teach good discipline in the boss/worker sense. Even though you may have a Chrsitian boss, you are no less required to give an excellent work product just becauase they are a brother or sister in Christ. Paul says that you should work even harder for them because of your bond in Christ.

  2. Paul is not condoning slavery here. It is part of the social structure of his time and he is teaching how to be a Godly person within that structure. We can still learn from these lessons even though we do not live in similar circumstances. If we work with diligence and respect for our bosses, teachers, parents, etc. whether they are believers or not we will be a blessing and possibly win them to the Lord.

    Col 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

  3. Rick, you stole my thoughts on this applying more to employer/employee relationships in our culture.
    And like Merry said, Paul is not saying slavery is a good thing. Paul knew that to try to eliminate slavery in the ancient Roman world would have been nearly impossible (not that God isn’t capable of the impossible). It also would have caused more persecution on the church.

    Pagan officials of Paul’s time were accusing Christians of tearing apart the fabric of society, causing divisions among Romans, and destroying the Roman way of life. If Paul had tried to abolish slavery he would have confirmed their accusations and given the Romans government more cause to persecute Christians.

    Paul does, however, try to reform the Roman’s understanding slavery, making this horrible thing a little more bearable for everyone.
    He encourages slaves to seek freedom when they can (1 Cor 7:20,21). He also calls for slave owners who have become Christians to treat their servants with respect and take care of their needs (Col 4:1). And in this passage he encourages Christian slaves to work hard for their masters to ensure as good a relationship as possible.

  4. nice job on all parts for really bringing great clarity to this passage of scripture, its just too bad that our students neglected to come to the blog today…wonder what the deal is…I hate to rule with an iron fist but next week it may come down!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Doesn’t seem like there is much more to say… It is just important to realize that whatever situation we find ourself in we need to try our hardest to reflect Christ to others. If we claim to be Christians, people will observe our actions and they must be ones that glorify God, not slander his name.

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