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Galatians 3:28 – No Differences in Christ

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Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

This is one of Paul’s most profound statements certainly inspired by the Holy Spirit. In our culture we talk about diversity and discrimination. This verse says there are no distinctions for those in Christ.

Jew and Greek were Paul’s terminology for what the Jews called believers and unbelievers. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) Here Paul clarifies what are the two classes based on Jewish thought. God’s chosen people were the Jews but that is no longer the key to salvation. Paul was saying that your ethnic background makes no difference to God. It all started with His creation of Adam and Eve. Everyone’s family tree goes back to Adam and Eve. In this way, everyone is related.There are no religious differences in God’s economy.

Paul also said there is no difference whether you were a slave or free. In Paul’s day, many people fell into each of these classes. This was the economic classes of people. “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” (Colossians 3:11) This just means for the Christian that there are no differences whether a person is rich or poor. We should never judge people by their economic status. We should never judge at all. That’s the whole point. We often lose sight of the fact that in Christ it makes no difference whether you are a worker or a boss, whether you have money or not.

Finally, it makes no difference whether you are male or female. That is the sum of us all. We are all either male or female and it makes no difference to God which you are. This disparity began back in Jewish history. It carries into the Christian church even today. However, in Christ no one is different from any other. We need to accept that and live that out in our lives as a display of God’s love and grace.