Skip to content

Roman Revelation

February 24, 2018

To gain an understanding of  the Book of Romans gives you the Keys to unlocking the Secrets of the Kingdom of God and the Commonwealth of Believers.

Notice the way Paul opens the Epistle, “Paul, a Servant of Jesus Christ”. Did Paul open his Epistle to the Romans by saying ,”Paul, a PhD in Theology, my superior education at Oxford and Harvard entitle me to be the purveyor of correct Doctrine.”

There is nothing wrong with gaining University Degrees, but Paul introduced himself using the word servant, which was a powerful illustration for those in Rome. In our egalitarian society it is difficult to grasp what it meant to be a servant or slave in ancient Rome. It was a brave statement for Paul to call himself a Servant of Jesus Christ, it wasn’t just a trite remark as it would be in our day.

To comprehend this fully one would only need to view some episodes of the Spartacus Series to clearly see how Servants and Slaves were treated in ancient Rome. They were treated far worse than base animals. To be a servant meant that you had no individual rights, and you could be sold at an auction for profit, or if you proved to be ‘rebellious’ then you could be sent to the mines to be worked to death in chains.



To today’s western society, where it is all about demanding your rights, privileges and entitlements, this illustration of being a Roman servant is very culturally challenging and totally politically incorrect. What Paul is saying is this,”I have no individual rights or privileges or superior social status because I am a Servant of Jesus Christ’.

Paul continues in Romans Ch1V1 ,”called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God”. This establishes from the outset that being an Apostle who preaches the Gospel means accepting the lowly status of a servant.

In today’s vernacular we would say,

“The way up is to go down.”

It is important to realize that Paul wanted to immediately address this issue of being a servant before he started his extensive doctrinal overview, and not as an afterthought or innocuous platitude. Paul’s intention was to be offensive to status seekers from the word go.

In the next Part of this Series we will continue our Study of the Roman Revelation.

A Roman servant being crucified in the Spartacus Series, as an example to the others to discourage them from following the rebellion.


Similar Articles,

How to Succeed when others Fail

What is the Kingdom Commonwealth ?

The Power of Grace

How to experience Grace.

Empowered by Grace


Copyright 2018/19 Craig Holme.

What was the Social Status of Servants in Ancient Rome ?



From → Commonwealth, Grace

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: