For you are all one in Christ Jesus
" (Gal 3:27-28).
3:28, "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus," does he mean to suggest that these distinctions between people should be eradicated -- and thus Christians should work to break down these barriers in society?
For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.
"Each one of you is a son of God, because of your faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with him.
All are one in Christ Jesus means that no distinction can be made between members of the body and Christ Jesus.
Justification by faith in Christ Jesus
remains the article by which the church stands or falls, but now God is justifying non-European cultures and peoples.
Paul is eloquent on this: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?...I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus
, our Lord" (Rom.
The New Testament itself seems to agree when it says "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:28).
all of you are one in Christ Jesus." This statement from Paul catches the implications of the gospel for marriage.
When these texts are read in the assembly, what the congregation hears are two narratives of imprisonment (Isaiah and Luke) separated by a baptismal declaration of freedom in Christ Jesus
. What a gift these readings are!
"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus
," Paul writes.
According to Gal 3:26, "For you all are daughters and sons of God through the trust of Christ Jesus, for as many of you as were baptized into Christ, you have put on Christ [as a robe or garment that bears witness to the coming of age]." The eschatological death experience of baptism terminates participation in the old moral order and its dominant reality of the human infection of sin and incorporates men and women into a New Humanity in which "there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus
. And if you are of Christ, consequently you are Abraham [and Sarah's] seed, heirs according to the promise." (25)