Slavery existed in South America even before North America, but with these significant differences: In North America slaves lived at a bare subsistence level; the enslaved were mere chattels, bought and sold as such. In South America a slave was treated as a person, not an ob … More
Peter writes about the Christian household slaves and his obligation to his master. At that time slavery was a way of life in the Roman empire and historical records say that there were over sixty million slaves. Some of the newly converted slaves thought that being a Christian guaranteed them personal and political freedom, and this created problems for them and the churches (I Cor. 7:18-20).
Slavery in the Roman Empire not only involved those who did menial tasks but included doctors, teachers, musicians, secretaries, etc. In fact, all works were done by slaves. The Roman attitude was that there was no point in being a person of position and doing one’s own work. In Roman laws a slave was not a person but a thing and he had no legal rights.
Even though we do not have Christian slaves in America today, what Peter wrote may be applied to employees. We must be submissive to those who are over us whether they are kind or unkind to us. According to these verses, when a Christian employee is wronged by an unbelieving boss he needs to “take it patiently” even though he is not in the wrong. We must always remember that our relationship to God is far more important than our relationship to men. Anyone can argue and fight back but it takes a real Christian to submit and let the Lord fight his battles (Romans 12:16-21).
Which of the following best describes my reaction toward those who I feel mistreat or mis-use me?
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I Peter 1:1-8Our Guaranteed Reservation in Heaven
I Peter 1:9-12Experience Heaven’s Glory in the Midst of Suffering
I Peter 1:13-16Living a Disciplined Life in Christ
I Peter 1:17-21It is the Blood That Sets Us Free
I Peter 1:22-25True Love is Easily Seen
I Peter 2:1-3Children in God’s Family
I Peter 2:4-8Stones in God’s Temple
I Peter 2:9-10Who Christ Says we are as Christians
I Peter 2:11-12As a Believer we do not Belong to This World
I Peter 2:13-17Submission to Government
I Peter 2:18-20Submission to Masters
I Peter 2:21-23We Are to Emulate Christ’s Example
I Peter 2:24-25Peter Takes Us to the Cross
I Peter 3:1-6How Christian Wives can Win Unsaved Husbands
I Peter 3:7-7Admonition for Christian Husbands
I Peter 3:8-9Sharing in the Joy of Others
I Peter 3:10-12How to Have a Really Good Day
I Peter 3:13-17Always be Ready to Witness
I Peter 3:18-22Be Faithful and Leave the Results to God
I Peter 4:1-6Following Christ May Bring Persecution
I Peter 4:7-11Hospitality Includes Ministering to One another
I Peter 4:12-14Every Christian can Expect Persecution
I Peter 4:15-19Suffering for God’s Glory
I Peter 5:1-7Leaders Are Not to Lord Over God’s Heritage
I Peter 5:8-14The Holy Kiss Was a Mark of Innocent Affection