23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
We are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus! It is truly an awesome statement. Paul also says that we are all one in Christ.
As I reflect on these statements and the current political and social environment that we find ourselves in, the differences are obvious. God makes us all one. No Jew or Gentile, no slave or free, not even male and female. We are all one and we are all united with Christ.
The world highlights all possible differences. Gender, race, colour, faith etc. the labels are countless. And the issues are identified as such. It’s a colour issue or gender issue. It doesn’t matter that they might be our neighbours, the focus is the division, so that it is their issue not ours, yours not mine.
God doesn’t solve our problems that way. He made it very simple, very inclusive, he made us all one, all the same and provided just the one solution – in Christ.
Our task then is to show the unity we have in Christ, and show the kindness of God, leading those around us into the same family that we are now members of so that they also become children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Father, I thank you that it was your plan to make us one through Christ. And through faith in Jesus, made us your children.
Written by Andrew Martin