Sunday, May 11, 2014

Galatians 3:26-28

Galatians 3:26-28 – You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who are baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

           You look like Christ Jesus. This is an amazing thing. We talked about how we have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer us who live, but Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20). So Christ lives in us, but now we see it goes beyond that as well. Not only does Christ live in us, but when we are baptized into Him we are also clothed with Him. This is how we become sons of God.
           We are one with Christ, the Son of God. All of us are together in Him, so it takes away all that separates us. As it says here there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female. It does not matter what your race or background or even what sex you are. We are all one in Christ Jesus. It is faith that gets us there, and we need to hold onto that faith.
           In our lives we like to create individuality, but Christ wants unity. Don’t get me wrong, we all have a purpose and a plan that is specific to each one of us, but that gift is given to strengthen the body. It is not given for you to be a loner.
Everyone’s purpose is in relation to the body of Christ. Just like an arm has a different purpose than a leg, but both are guided by the overall purpose of the mind, which in our case is Christ. Stop trying to isolate yourself off from other believers; we are all the same in Jesus. This goes for denominations as well. I like how my brother Matthew put it in his blog when he said if Paul were writing this today it might read a little more like this:

“There is neither Baptist nor Methodist, neither Charismatic nor Pentecostal, nor any other denomination; there is neither Protestant nor Catholic; there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

We need to let go of our petty differences of opinion and unite on the reality that is Christ Jesus. He made us all one and it is time that we start acting like it.

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