All The Same (Galatians 3:21-4:7)

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,”  Gal. 3:28

Imagine going to the grocery store to discover that there was only one kind of any item on your shopping list.  For me that would be a blessing when I take “The List” given to me by my wife.  But the fact is you and I have gotten very used to having variety in our selections.

Here in our More For Christ readings we discover just the opposite when it comes to God’s description of Christians.  I remind you of this fact, “Paul is writing to a church that was under theological attack.  This church was founded on “Salvation, by grace alone, through faith alone.”  But now the church was facing this attack in which the attackers were portraying themselves as legal theologians.

In chapters three and four Paul contrasts the differences between his teaching and the teaching of the false theologians.  In their view-point, the Jew had a better opportunity for eternal life than did the Gentile because they were possessors of the law of God.  But Paul refutes their viewpoint by clearly stating two things:

1.  The purpose of the law, 3:21-39

The law was never the means for a person’s salvation.  The law was added because men were sinners and needed to be made aware of their sin.  The law points out our sin and the law points us to our need of a Savior,

2.  The power of the Gospel, 3:29-4:7

Only Christ can liberate us from our transgressions.  Only Christ can free us from the captivity to the law (Law says we are sinners).  Only Christ can lead us to live a new life.

Whether Jew or Gentile we are all one in Christ.  We are all born as sinners under the law.  But Jesus came for both Jew and Gentile.  We become heirs of Christ.

This very day, we are all the same.  We are all sinners and we all can be saved in one way.  This way is through Jesus Christ.

So as I spend this day engaging people, I pray that I remember, “Jesus is the solution for all of our sin.”  We are all the same.

So as you engage people of different faiths and some without any faith.  Keep in mind that they are all the same.  Sinners who need the Savior.

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