No distinctions (Gal. 3:28)

“There is no longer

Jew

Or Greek.

There is no longer

Slave

Or free.

There is no longer

Male

Or female.

You are all one

In Christ Jesus.”

οὐκ ἔνι Ἰουδαῖος οὐδὲ Ἕλλην, οὐκ ἔνι δοῦλος οὐδὲ ἐλεύθερος, οὐκ ἔνι ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ· πάντες γὰρ ὑμεῖς εἷς ἐστε ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.

Paul said, “There is no longer Jew (οὐκ ἔνι Ἰουδαῖος) or Greek (οὐδὲ Ἕλλην).  There is no longer slave (οὐκ ἔνι δοῦλος) or free person (οὐδὲ ἐλεύθερος).  There is no longer male (οὐκ ἔνι ἄρσεν) or female (καὶ θῆλυ).  You are all one (πάντες γὰρ ὑμεῖς εἷς ἐστε) in Christ Jesus (ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ).”  Paul was revealing something startling to the Galatians.  Quite often both the Jewish people and the Greek gentiles were happy to be a human, a man, and not a gentile or barbarian.  In other words, there was a tendency to look down on females or people not of your own ethnic background.  Paul reminded them than this distinction no longer existed with Christ.  They were no longer Greeks or Jews, free people or slaves, males or females.  They were altogether as Christians in Jesus Christ.  The ethnic, gender, and social-economic factors no longer played a part in their new Christian life.  They are one in Jesus Christ.  These old-fashioned human distinctions no longer mattered once you were a Christian.  You were all one in Christ.  Do you believe that all humans are one in Christ?