All One in Christ
Read Galatians 3:26-29
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
What divisions do you notice among the children of God in our time?
We are one in Christ Jesus. Paul reminded the people of this truth over and over again.
But there were many who wanted to cling to the distinctions made in the law. For example, Judaziers wanted to claim that Gentiles had to convert to Judaism to come to Christ.
But Paul reiterated that those who put their faith in Christ Jesus are all children of God. No exclusions. And no one is better than another. The Jews can trace their lineage directly to Abraham and rightfully claim to be heirs of the promise made to him. But in Jesus, even those of us who are not Jews are considered spiritual sons and daughters. We are co-heirs of the promise and thus, we are equal to Jews in our spiritual inheritance.
Jesus broke down the barriers that once separated us. If we have placed our faith in Jesus, we are all on equal footing. Paul also taught about this division that was once between Jew and Gentile because of the law in Ephesians 2. Ephesians 2:14-16 says, “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations.
His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”
Friends, there are many who try to cause divisions in the church still today. But this should not be. On the cross, Jesus reconciled all of us to God. If we are in Christ, we are all His children. Let’s live in unity with each other.
Father, thank you for making us one in You Son. You are our peace. Thank You for extending the promise of salvation to all of us. Amen.