Galatians 3: What Brings Us Together
In Galatians 3, Paul continues his speech about the value of faith, and he points out how faith in Jesus Christ is what binds us as a community of believers.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
We are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter if we are Jews or Gentiles. Social status doesn’t matter either. Men and women are both welcome into the family of God. Even though we are all individual people without a doubt, we are now part of one family. We still have our own talents, personalities, abilities and even earthly shortcomings, but we are committed to our faith. We are committed to the belief that Jesus Christ was who He said He was, was crucified and returned to life three days later.
That brings Christians together even though we do have differences. Some Christians believe in six literal days of creation, and some Christians believe in much longer timelines. Some Christians believe in a rapture, but other Christians do not.
I don’t want to minimize those distinctions because they are important theological issues, but it seems to be the case that there really is one thing that matters. Have we put our faith in Jesus Christ? If we have, then it seems to be the case that that we belong to the family of God as shown by this passage in Galatians as well as other places throughout the New Testament.
My main point then is that we can certainly have robust debates within the Christian faith. We are not going to agree on everything, but if we are going to have ourselves Christians and part of the family of God, then this belief in Jesus Christ needs to be central. Without that, there isn’t anything left.