“For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither bond or free; there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28).
The power of transformation in the Gospel of Christ is astounding. The thought of “you are all one” coming from the pen of a former Pharisee of the strictest sect, a keeper of the Law down to the last jot and tittle will befuddle the intellect. What the Spirit of the Lord can do in the heart will boggle the mind.
We Are One: Beyond the pigmentation of our skin; the language we speak, the customs, mores, traditions to which we hold fast, we are one, children of God in Christ. The Apostle did not write that we do not “see” skin pigmentation; he wrote “there is neither. . .” This means there is nothing to differentiate us from being one in the One. In Christ we see the humanity, the dignity, the beauty in each heart filled with the glory of Christ. We see Jesus, the One we love, the One to Whom we have been joined; we see Him and only Him in each other. There is only Jesus and the other identities we may have in this world mean nothing in the realm of the Spirit.
The carnal, corrupted mind of man will never understand the mysteries of the Gospel of Jesus. The carnal mind is set on the things of the flesh, pigmentations and other skin deep, shallow thinking. The carnal mind is incapable of comprehending the “breadth and length and depth and height” or ever know the “love of Christ, which passes knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18b-19a).
Carnal man in his wisdom has become foolish. Elitist, social engineers, academia and other thinkers are “blind guides who strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel” (Matthew 23:24). Open wide and enlarge your throats you blind guides for the camel breeders have produced a large pedigree for you to engorge your appetites.
We Are One: “For we being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5). We have one Lord, one Master and we are all Brethren (cf. Matthew 23:8-10). We are one. We have “one mind and one mouth” and with it we “glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Therefore, we receive “one another as Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:6-7).
We Are One: We have been gathered in Christ, in one Body to be the expression of the one Spirit of Christ in the earth, to be the voice of Christ, the witness to Christ to the world. We speak of things eternal, not temporal; things of the spirit, not carnal; things of the Holy God, not sinful man; things of virtue: faith, hope, love, mercy, kindness and goodness, not doubt, misery, hate, brutish lust and evil.
We are the answer to the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one, as Thou, Father, are in Me and I am in You; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You have sent Me” (John 17:21).
We Are One: “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we have all been baptized into one Body, whether Jew or Gentile, whether bond or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit” (I Corinthians 12:12-13).
Jesus is sharing His heart with us and says, “Be not called Rabbi, for One is your Master, even Christ, and you are all Brethren. Call no man Father upon the earth, for One is your Father, Who is in heaven. Neither be called Masters, for One is your Master, even Christ” (Matthew 23:8-10).
Christ Jesus, my Master. Saints of God my Brethren. We are One.