the weblog of Alan Knox

Servant of the Gospel

Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in missional, service | 1 comment

Servant of the Gospel

A couple of times, Paul calls himself a “servant” of the gospel:

Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. (Ephesians 3:7 ESV)

He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:22-23)

Now, in these passages, the ESV translates the word for “servant” as “minister.” But, the words mean the same thing.

Paul saw himself as a servant of the good news of Jesus Christ.

What does it mean for Paul to be a servant of the gospel? Is this service specific to Paul? Is it specific to a certain sub-group of Christ’s followers (i.e. apostles, evangelists)? Or, are all believers to be servants of the gospel?

One Comment

Comments are closed. If you would like to discuss this post, send an email to alan [at] alanknox [dot] net.

  1. 6-1-2010

    The meaning is fairly clear: his primary purpose and job in life is to serve (minister) the good news of Jesus. This is the calling of each and every believer. However, not every believer is called in the same dimension of service or gifting – i.e. all teach, but not all function in the gifting or office of a teacher; all will evangelize, but not everyone is gifted in evangelism.

    I am not talking about something learned but something gifted. I once belonged to a church group that believed everyone needed to do everything – there was no difference recognized, with the exception of male female.

    This thinking does not work well and will lead us into a church (by the way it was a small house-church type) where the mind rules and not the spirit.

    So everyone is called – yes; but not in the same dimension or placement in the body.