There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
I liked this verse and I wrote it down as a subject for a post. So today I thought it was time to write my post about this verse.
First I thought I would review some commentaries from Biblical scholars to get another point of view on this verse, even though I already had my gut take on it.
All the commentaries had basically the same theme. It was, we are all equal with the caveat, as long as we are “Christians”. They were saying no matter what race or sex or social status, as long as you accept Christ as your savior you’re OK.
Now that was not my gut reaction to this verse.
My reaction to all the commentaries was the same as my feelings about the use of the word “secular” by the many who identify themselves as “Christians”. The word “secular” implies an “us versus them” mentality. You’re part of our club but they aren’t.
To me this goes entirely against what this verse is saying.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, which you could say there is neither Jew nor non-Jew. Neither slave nor free, you could say neither poor nor rich. There is neither male and female, no difference in sex in the eyes of God, we are all one in Christ Jesus.
Some of these commentators may say “see you have to believe in Christ in order to enjoy equality, otherwise you’re not admitted into our club.”
Again you have learned, Biblical scholars picking apart and complicating the simple. You have them making what is easy hard, much like lawyers and lawmakers who make such a complicated mess that we have to pay them big bucks to figure it out.
My simple answer is this.
Jesus Christ was God manifest as man on earth, we all come from God.
Paul is saying there is no Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or whatever you want to call yourself.
We are all here by the grace of God and all deserve respect, we must treat all with respect and realize our faith and striving after righteousness is all that is important.
But it is the evil that lies in the heart of man that causes us to profess our superiority, both intellectually and spiritually, over others. It is our covetousness of power and wealth that set us to declare one way, our way, to be right.
Each man or woman must take their own path to God. It’s not laid out in some publication from a corporate religion. Much like a child who must learn from their mistakes, so must a person find their path to righteousness.
We receive guidance along the way but not until we truly, deep in our hearts, want to find our relationship with God, will we find it. And when we truly want to find it and are willing to work at it for the rest of our lives, we will each find our own true and unique relationship with God.
Priests and rabbis, preachers and imams, or whatever the leader of an organized religion is called, they may guide you, but remember they are just men and women who have the same flaws as you and me. Covetousness can afflict them as well.
Paul is saying in Galatians 3:28 – We are all God’s children, respect each other and find that place in your heart where God lives.
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