servants [slaves] ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness?”
(See Dr. A. Clarke
, in loc
.) And again, Ephesians VI. 5-7: “Servants, [δοῦλοι,
] be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your hearts as unto Christ
: not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as the servants of Christ
, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord
, and not to men.”
Doing the will of Gold — with good will
. We must certainly understand that it was the duty of those slaves to give both assent and consent to their condition, as a thing coming to them in the order of God's providence, and pleasing to him;
and therefore serve their masters with the same willing obedience, because therein they were serving the Lord
For these persons, we may suppose, were originally made slaves by subjection.
They are exhorted to submit themselves not only to the particular commands of their masters, but also to their providential condition.
The commands of their masters might be obeyed from mere prudential considerations.
In this case, their obedience would be without the religious element.
exhorts them to religious obedience.
Many, no doubt, obeyed: gave the consent
of their wills, as they gave the assent of their