Galatians 3:24-28 New Living Translation
“Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God thru faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Faith in Christ transcends all socio and economic differences. In God’s economy there is no slave or free, no Jew or Gentile, no male or female, only those who have devoted their lives to serving the one true God. When God’s grace became an umbrella covering all who had placed their faith in him, the law ceased to be necessary. The law is the Mosaic Law or the Law of Moses. It was set in place to shine a light on the sinfulness of man. The Old Testament sacrificial system God put in place was designed to cleanse the sins of the people and was an annual event.
Paul wrote to the church in Galatia for the purpose of coming against the Judaizers, who taught Gentile believers that they must obey Jewish Law to be saved. Even though God’s grace replaced the law, false teaching was wreaking havoc on the brethren, causing confusion and dismay. Paul’s letter was written to encourage the believers in Galatia to cling to their faith and resulting freedom in Christ. Our salvation causes us to be seen as righteous and holy before God, a new creation in Christ. It is described above as “putting on new clothes”.
Because we are all considered heirs of Christ there is no distinction between classes or ethnicity. No one is any more privileged than another, neither is anyone superior in any way to anyone else. We simply need to love and accept one another as Christ has loved and accepted us. John 13:34-35 says that the world will know we are Christians by our love for one another. Placing man inspired divisions within the body of Christ based on race, gender, accomplishments or wealth is ungodly behavior and completely out of line. We are to receive, accept and support all those who have devoted their lives to Christ and had sins forgiven. We are not judges, only God judges. We are to be followers, submissive to the Holy Spirit. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.