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Submissive Servants (12 of 20)
I Peter 2:18-25
April 27, 1997
In the Roman Empire in the First Century there were more than sixty million slaves. The Roman conquerors went out for hundreds of years and plundered the great cities and nations of the known world. The Roman road was important, not because it led out of Rome, but because it led into Rome. There was a saying that became common in those days, "All roads lead to Rome." Slavery began with the Roman conquests, and the peoples they plundered became slaves to the Roman State. The Roman Empire was built by slaves.
The slaves were not poor, uneducated, unskilled laborers. The Roman conquerors made slaves of the upper levels of society in the plundered nations. They brought back doctors, teachers, musicians, actors, secretaries, and other high level people. They enslaved the rich and famous.
Slaves were not allowed to marry, but they cohabited; and the children of such partnerships were the property of Rome, not of the parents. Consequently, the supply of slaves never ran out.
Hitler's plan to conquer the nations of Europe and then the world and enslave the people of the nations was similar to the plan of Rome.
Hitler had plans (Albert Spear) drawn to make Berlin the greatest city in the world. His vision, his dream was for the Third Reich to last a thousand years. It lasted at the most twelve. His first and greatest mistake was to rid the world of the Jews. He attacked the wrong people.
The most common word for servant in the New Testament is "doulos," which means slave or bondservant and is used more than eighty times in the New Testament. These people were servant slaves to Rome. The Early Church was made up of servant slaves.
Some New Testament examples of believers were "bondservants" to Rome and believers (servants) of Christ as well.
Ephesians 6:5-6... "Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincer ...
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