All One in Christ – Galatians 3:26-28

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:26-28 NIV

In this chapter Paul has been contrasting the Old Testament Law with faith. The Law was good and served a purpose, but it could never bring life. In contrast to that is faith. It is through faith that we have life in Christ and become children of God.

When I respond to God in faith, he does something pretty dramatic. My location changes from ‘in the world’ to ‘in Christ’. I am baptized (immersed) into Christ, and my reality becomes tightly connected with his. We are clothed with Christ when we are immersed into him. Salvation is not just a matter of pledging allegiance to God. It is taking on the identify of Christ. Not to say that we become Christ. But we are wrapped up in him, and he is our all.

A significant consequence of this is how it changes my relationship with other people. It is not just me that has been immersed into Christ. But many others have as well. Together, we are all one in Christ. And the differences that have previously divided us should do so no longer. In Christ there is no male or female; no white, black or brown; no American; Mexican, or any other nationality; no Republican, Democrat, or Independent; or anything else that divides us in the world. We are all one in him, and should live that way.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35

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In the Same Way – Romans 6:11

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. – Romans 6:11 NIV

In the first ten verses of this chapter Paul has talked about our position in Christ. What physical baptism pictures in my death, burial, and resurrection, actually takes place when I come to Christ. I am baptized, or immersed, into him; and in him I participate in his death on the cross, his burial, and his resurrection. I have died to who I was, and have been resurrected to live a new life (Gal. 2:20). While I still look forward to a bodily resurrection after this life ends, I have already experienced a death to sin and a resurrection to new life.

While the first 10 verses of the chapter portray a picture of what has happened to me in a spiritual sense, this verse transitions me into the practical application of my position in Christ, discussed in the remainder of the chapter. Just as in Christ I have died to sin and have new life, so I should in my daily life consider myself dead to sin and alive to God. In other words, let my life here be in alignment with my position in Christ. I am not saved because I have cleaned up my life sufficiently. But now that I am saved, I should work to make my life a reflection of what Christ has done in me.

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