For those of you who have not yet heard about my Galatians 3 project with Ezekiel from The Way, the Truth, and the Life, here’s a quick update: we decided it would be fun to each write about a passage of Scripture (we decided on Galatians 3) completely independent of one another and see what we each come up with… So here goes!
I’d like to ask you to open up your Bibles to Galatians 3 for this post as a point of reference so I don’t have to go about quoting it three times as I did 2 Corinthians 3:18 in Ripping the Veil Off. 😉
And I’d also like to focus specifically on three verses that have touched mine and my family’s lives very deeply, and I couldn’t resist quoting those below. 🙂
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like a garment. 28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.
There is really no other description or analysis of these three verses other than to say one word: “Jesus”. All other descriptions can and will invariably fall short due to the amazing depth of these verses alone.
Although I cannot attempt to break down these verses without falling short, I will attempt to translate them into our lives, show how they counter much of what we have learned in the buildings we call churches, and proclaim the name of Jesus with their help.
One of the initial things I will begin to discuss is the garment in verse 27.
When we are baptized into His Kingdom with water and Fire, we will put Him on as a garment of righteousness.
When we put on the garment of righteousness through Christ Jesus – and better yet, Christ Jesus as a garment, we must no longer come up under the bondage and the garments of this world – and that includes divisions such as nationalities, denominations, and others.
No, I’m not encouraging a mushy approach that throws away godly boundaries – I’m saying that the spirit-filled, on-fire Bride was never meant to be divided, let alone take pride in those divisions.
That is why Paul is so, so insistent in verse 28 that there is no Jew or Greek; male or female; or slave or free.
When we have the garment of Christ on, we should not care about what color, race, gender, status, or age one is of if they are part of the family of Christ and have that garment on too.
Not only does this empower us all the same with Holy Spirit, it doesn’t allow us to idolize either party of either division.
For example, it’s downright absurd and unbiblical to take pride in one’s passport country – see here more information on that topic.
Here’s another example: we shouldn’t idolize Jews, their faith, or their country.
Which leads us to verse 29!
The true children of Abraham are not simply the citizens of a particular country or the people that keep a certain set of laws.
The true children of Abraham – the people who are actually described by the word Israel – are the remnant, the Bride of Christ, which prayerfully includes yourself.
As 1 John 2:23 teaches us, no one who denies the Son (sadly, the Jews) knows the Father.
As you can see, each of those three verses requires a blog post of its own – or maybe even more – and I have done an inadequate and somewhat scattered job writing about those verses. But despite that fact, I hope you can also see that these verses, although each on different topics, beautifully flow together.
And with that, I will complete my post on Galatians 3!
Have a blessed day!
Note: See Ezekiel’s post on Galatians 3 (which covers much more of the chapter than mine) here.