We Are All One in the Lord (Friday, November 6, 2020)

Galatians 3:21-29

Beloved, differences in ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status and political affiliation do not magically disappear, of course, but St. Paul declares that they are irrelevant in the body of Christ. For one to baptized into Christ means being clothed with Christ and finding one’s primary identity and value in Christ. On the basis of Galatians 3:21-29, share with far our Spiritual Nurture, We Are All One in the Lord.

“And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” All who belong to Christ share fully and equally in the inheritance of God’s promises and the call to live as God’s children and heirs.

The categories that divide us today may be different than in the days of St. Paul, but divisions persist in our congregations and in the broader church – division that run along lines of ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, ideology, political affiliation, doctrinal understanding, and any number of other factors.

Apostle Paul reminds us that whatever human categories may describe us, they do not define us, “for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” All human categories are subordinate and ultimately irrelevant to our primary identity as members of the body of Christ.

Recently, a discussion came up in the meeting of the fathers of Faith on a particular issue trying to pin down our stand on it – to figure out exactly, one of us was asked whether a Pentecostal or evangelical. Refusing to labelled, he responded by simply saying, “I am a preacher of the gospel.” What matters is that you are a child of God in Christ Jesus.

Our continued attempts to categorize and label one another the Church, where the Scripture does not label us, and to diminish one another on the basis of those categories and labels, are signs of our spiritual immaturity. We are reminded that since Christ has come, we are no longer enslaved to those old human divisions. We can see how much our nation is suffering because of the many divides it is infected with – North/South dichotomy, Christian/Muslim dichotomy, Nigeria/ Biafra dichotomy, oil producing/Non-oil producing states dichotomy, the political class/the masses dichotomy; you can continue to name it!.

All of us are justified solely by what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Through Baptism into Christ, we belong to God and to one another. We share fully and equally in the inheritance of God’s promises and in the mission to which He has called us.

Might this perspective help us to deal with contentious issues, which often have to do with interpretation of the law? We ought to be reminded that the law is provisional and can never justify or save us. In fact, it can only imprison us it Christ who frees us from the curse of the Law and makes us children of God and heirs of His eternal Kingdom.

This does not mean that anything goes in terms of how we live. We are to live as children of the light showing forth the fruits of the spirit3. We are to live and not destroy the freedom, unity, and mission to which God has called us in Christ Jesus. God’s mission to bless all the families of the earth, begun with the promise of Abraham. It is our today!

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, Your promise of blessing to us takes priority over all human agendas. Have mercy! Amen

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