“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus”
For the proud Philippian society, and ours, the title of “slave” is not an honorable one. But, lest we think it is a dishonor to be slaves to God, we should remember that Paul used the same word to describe Jesus’ incarnation (Philip. 2:7)! Moreover, the same term is used of Moses, Joshua, and David in the LXX (Neh. 10:29; Jos. 24:29; Ps. 89:20). Thus, it is an honor to be servants/slaves after the likeness of our Lord and his people.