You are all one in Christ

Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There 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.

Whereas the flesh tells me that life is all about me, the Holy Spirit teaches me that life is all about God.  Through faith in Jesus Christ we not only receive from the Spirit the ability to worship God in truth, but we receive the capacity to love and serve like Jesus did.  Nowhere on earth is the love of Jesus more beautifully portrayed than when the church reaches outward and across sectarian lines to embrace and fellowship with one another in a genuine display of Christianity (Acts 11:19-26).  Only when our lives are God centered will the phrase “you are all one in Christ Jesus” truly have meaning.

I like Timothy George and John Woodbridge’s thoughts on Galatians 3:26-28, below.  They write:

The three pairs of opposites Paul listed in this verse stand for the fundamental cleavages of human existence: ethnicity, economic capacity, and sexuality. Race, money, and sex are primal powers in human life. No one of them is inherently evil, yet each of these spheres of human creativity has become degraded and soiled through the perversity of sin. Nationality and ethnicity have been corrupted by pride, material blessings by greed, and sexuality by lust. This has led to the chaotic pattern of exploitation and self-destruction that marks the human story from the Tower of Babel to the streets of Baghdad and Beirut. But the good news of the Gospel is that those who have become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ have broken free from enslavement to these controlling forces. A new standard and pattern of life now distinguishes the baptized community from the environing society all around it. Here, as nowhere else, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 ESV). (Taken from George and Woodbridge: The Mark of Jesus)prayer in unity

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E. Wohner

By God's amazing grace, I have served in the ministry for over 22 years; 17 of which were as a cross-cultural missionary in New York City, and five years as a local church pastor. Currently, I work for Prudential as a financial professional associate. The only things that I can say about myself are that I love God, I love people, I love living my faith, and I love being of service to others helping them reach their full potential.

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