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25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:25-28
One of the great things about the church is that it is a place of common access. I mean, how could we all get together if we hadn’t experienced something that obliterates the things that separate people in society? I trust you are part of a Galatians 3:28 church.
Galatians 3:28 says that “In Christ, there is neither—first of all—neither Jew nor Greek.” That means no race and no nationality “in Christ.” It doesn’t matter the color of the skin. It doesn’t matter the shape of your face. It doesn’t matter who your mother was or who your grandfather was or who your great grandfather was. It’s not important! In Christ, there is no Jew, no Greek, no where-you-from, who’s-your mama—nothing like that.
Now in society those distinctions are a huge deal! What neighborhood are you from? Where did you grow up? And what color is your grandfather’s skin? These characteristics go beyond what makes us interesting to one another—they become points of separation and even alienation! Not in Christ, though. “There is neither Jew nor Greek. There is neither slave nor free . . .” In Christ.
In the ancient world, a person was born free or they were born a slave. And nothing really would alter that. We have lesser versions of societal markers that keep people apart. But in Christ there are no second-class citizens!
And the verse goes on to say, “There is neither male nor female.” Now, that doesn’t mean that men and women aren’t different. There are role distinctions that God has established. Men and women are different. But God’s Word declares they are equal under God in every way. Men and women may not be equal in the world, but in Christ they are!
Galatians 3:28 says, “ . . . all are one in Christ.” That’s what we mean when we say a common access in the church. All of the blessings, joys, fruit, and all of the opportunity of being a follower of Jesus Christ—all of the glory that comes down in the Church is available for every single believer. You’re not on the sidelines unless you choose to be. You’re not late to the game. If you’re in Christ, you’re in all the way!
Prayer: Father, thank You that we can be different in great ways yet ultimately one in You! Thank You for reminding me that if I insist on excluding some believers as less worthy or insignificant in Your kingdom, I’ve actually excluded myself! Thank You for the great news that I’m even allowed to be part of the one body that exists in You as the church. In Jesus’ name, Lord of His church, Amen.
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