27 For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. 28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise. — Galatians 3:27-29
United in Christ
by Fady Al Hagal
Did you know that multitudes of new believers from fifty different nations, living in Middle Tennessee, have left their former false religious allegiances and declared Christ as their Lord and Savior? Jesus said, “As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to Myself.” John 12:32.
In Galatians 3:27-29, Paul affirms the idea that all mankind can be freed from sin and become a part of the family of God through Jesus Christ. First of all, Paul teaches that the believers of all nations are united with Christ (v 27). God created all mankind (Acts 17:24-28), but only those who put their faith in Christ are His true children. We are sons and daughters of God by faith in Christ alone.
Secondly, all believers are united in Christ (v 27). We are baptized into Christ. This refers to a spiritual immersion (Gal. 2:20). Through faith in the Son of God, believers become robed in the righteousness of Christ, and therefore are positioned as joint heirs with Him.
Thirdly, all believers are united through Christ (v 28-29). Although we are born of different cultural distinctions, we are seen as one in Christ, unified to be the family of God, beloved without partiality. United through Christ, we become the true seed of Abraham spreading the blessings of the gospel of Christ among all the nations.
Being “clothed in Christ” (v 27) gives the disciple of Christ the assurance of the Father’s acceptance and the grace to reveal Christ to the world. It is their faith in Christ that brings unity to the believers. Just as the Father sees those in Christ as one, without partiality of nationality, gender, or socioeconomic status, so we must see each other as one. It is the believer’s faith in Christ, like Abraham’s, that obtains the promises of God.
Let us therefore be encouraged daily to demonstrate righteousness in our conduct and our relationships with others. Let us strive to strengthen the Body of Christ toward unity: encouraging one another with the acceptance of the Father, loving one another without partiality, and uniting with one another to spread the gospel of Christ in the earth.
- Whom can you serve and celebrate this week?
- What role can you play in uniting and honoring the family of God?
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