So what does Galatians 3:28 say? It says: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. As with all scripture, to truly understand what this means, we not only need to look at the text itself, but the context in which it is found.
Galatians has one great theme. That theme is how, by receiving the gospel message and believing in Christ Jesus, we are accepted by God. The terrorizing Judaizers wanted to convince the Galatians that they needed to be circumcised as well, in order to be saved, But Paul will have none of it. It is through faith in Christ alone. So looking at our scripture, we see that the meaning is conveyed that all; regardless of sex, creed, race or social status accepted by God if they are believing in Christ. In granting of salvation by God, there is absolutely no discrimination.
This is in conformity with the immediate context of our text where we read that “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Gal 3:26-27). So the truth is confirmed:
- In Christ Jesus, we are all children of God through faith.
- All Christians have been baptized into Christ
- All Christians are clothed with Christ.
So what are we to learn from Galatians 3:28? We learn:
- That all in the church are equally accepted by God. Everyone should know that this is true. We are all from different backgrounds and have different gifts, but there are no second class citizens in Christ.
- We must relentlessly make it clear that our eternal blessings are in Christ and Him alone. No measure of status in this world can help us.
- In ministering to those in the church we have no favourites all are treated equally. All are given due consideration for who they are and their value to the LORD.