Galatians 3:23 – 4:7

            Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed.  Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

            As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  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.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

             My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property; but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father.

             So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world.  But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.      And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

             In his epistle to the church in Galatia, the Apostle Paul states our “oneness in Christ” as a fact.  We may not always realize the reality of this truth, but the fact remains that all who are made right with God through faith in Christ are, “…one in Christ Jesus.”  

            In verse 28, Paul addresses the issues of race, class and gender, dismissing them all as outmoded considerations.  In the midst of the raging debate, Paul says simply, “There is no longer Jew or Greek…”  For Christians today, there can no longer be the worldly distinctions of upper class and lower class, black and white, male and female, boss and worker, first world or third world.  If all are one in Christ Jesus, we must all live and act with this belief as our polar star. 

Gracious God, as we move ever closer to our celebration

of your gift of the Christ Child, may we truly seek to be

one in him, with him, and for him. 

 

Rev. Richard Howard

Morgantown – First Christian Church

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