Romans 1:1, “Paul a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel
of God.” (NASB)
Listen to what Kenneth Wuest says:
He designates himself as “a servant of Jesus Christ.” The word is δουλος (doulos), the most abject, servile term used by the Greeks to denote a slave. The word designated one who was born as a slave, one who was bound to his master in chords so strong that only death could break them, one who served his master to the disregard of his own interests, one whose will was swallowed up in the will of his master.
Paul was born as a slave of sin at his physical birth, and a bondslave of his Lord through regeneration. That chords that bound him to his old master Satan, were rent asunder in his identification with Christ in the latter’s death. The chords that bind him to his new Master will never be broken since the new Master will never die again, and is Paul’s new life. Paul’s will, at one time swallowed up in the will of Satan, now is swallowed up in the sweet will of God.
Wow. What an excellent thing this is. That Paul was once a slave to sin…and now is a slave to God. May it be said of me that I am a slave to my Lord as it was said of Paul:
1) one who served his master to the disregard of his own interests
2) one whose will was swallowed up in the will of his master.