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Galatians 3:27-29 (JDV)

Galatians 3:27 You see, however many of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.

Galatians 3:28 There is no Jew or Greek, there is no slave or free person, there is not male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:29 But if you together have this relationship with Christ, then you together are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.

you together

I translated the second person plural ὑμεῖς in verse 29 as “you together” to accentuate the fact that the whole congregation has been baptized into Christ, clothed with Christ, and will inherit an equal share in the promise of Abraham.

Paul mentioned these things because a heretical group had invaded Galatia, teaching that God was primarily interested in their differences. To these heretics, a person’s ethnic makeup, social status or gender was what mattered to God. If the Galatians wanted to please God, they would have to become more Jewish, and keep slaves and women in their place.

But Paul said that the whole congregation together was in Christ. The gospel is not about accentuating our differences, but enjoying our unity – one redeemed body of Christ.

Lord, thank you for the unity we now share – bought with your precious blood. Show us how to respect each another as equals.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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