Inclusion

Daily reading: Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29
Monday May 29, 2017

Galatians 3:23-28
23 Before faith came, we were guarded under the Law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, 24 so that the Law became our custodian until Christ so that we might be made righteous by faith.

25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.
26 You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

In Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia, we get a sneak peek into this issue of full inclusion.  Paul came preaching this wide welcome, found in the message of Christ, as he helped to start the churches in Galatia. 

After he left, some other leaders taught the communities that all believers in Christ had to also follow the Mosaic Law, narrowing the welcome and creating a two tiered system, where Jews had a higher standing than the Gentile members.

Paul writes to these congregations to address this issue.
He is deeply concerned that they are creating a system that allows for second class members in their community.

The argument is simple.  Paul witnessed the gift of the Holy Spirit among the Gentiles.  He was able to see the movement of God in their community and so wondered why then the Mosaic Law had to be imposed upon them.

Paul writes that  
“There is no longer Jew or Greek,
there is no longer slave or free,
 there is no longer male and female;
for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer: Gracious God, allow me to be open to your unconditional love.  May it fill me so that my life is altered and I am able to see the world through your grace filled lens.  May Christ be before me, behind me, to my right and left and be my guide today.  Amen.



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