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There is neither Jew nor Gentile: Galatians 3:26-28

Updated on January 12, 2013

“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

God's message, that everyone is invited to the party. We see Jews and Gentiles called out first. That being, Jews and non-Jews, which effectively includes everyone. Why the distinction, and more specifically, why the focus and apparent hierarchy placing Jews first? The explanation, it follows logically from God's plan for mankind. Mankind being all of us, you and me and everyone else.

Go back to Genesis, where the first people were created. When was that? I would say less than 15,000 years ago, which flies in the face of modern day secular science. As this might open up a discussion taking us away from today's focus, I will reign myself back in. Anyway, scripture tells us of a perfect world where God had fellowship with His prospective children. Prospective used here because there was a catch. Not a catch in that the arrangement was deficient in any way. Rather, a catch in that God arranged the relationship in a way that forced it to be genuine: it required willing participation on the part of both parties. Put another way, it required free will.

That requirement for perfection statistically, and somewhat oddly, demanded the likelihood of bad choices. Those choices being made on our part, and thus, a perfect scenario became corrupt. Looking around today, we see clearly the end result. A supposed perfect and loving God who has made an error? Not according to scripture, as God transcends time and has incorporated compensation into the plan; compensation in that He Himself would and has since taken on flesh, condescending to Earth and assigning accountability unto Himself in order to correct what had become flawed.

And this is where the distinction and focus on Israel and the Jews came forth. God, as mentioned, took on flesh as a Savior. He offered Himself to account for our bad choices. It follows, then, that He had to arrive on the scene somewhere and through somebody. Simply put, He dropped in as a Jew, and performed His earthly work as such. All the while knowing that His offer would be opened up to everyone. Everyone being all people past and present, that including timeline B.C.

I had a pastor back home in Binghamton, New York, who put it quite plainly to me. He referred to Himself and I as adopted Jews. A tree had been established out of necessity, and I was now grafted in. He could have shown up anywhere, into any society, at any time. Turns out He did it the way He did and it is done. The key element being, thankfully, His plan for salvation includes me. I really do not care when and how, only why and who. I only care about being included.

Perfection, then, required apparent imperfection, only to be corrected with perfect love and sacrifice on the part of One who was blameless. I have a hard time envisioning any earthly author concocting a story like that.


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      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Well put Frank, my name is Frank too.

      God Bless

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      Frank Slovenec 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Jesus came and died and rose so that all could be with Him in Heaven. God is not a respecter of persons. It does not matter our origin it matters that we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior then the Father, who cannot look on Sin, sees Jesus when He looks at us..thank you for the Blood of Jesus! Thanks for the Hub

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      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      According to my line of thought then, I am their adopted brother.

      Just kidding !!!

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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Hi lucabrasi,

      A little more info. Many many Jewish people are today recognising Jesus as their Messiah. they are called Messianic Jews and their numbers are increasing. Could they be the bridge between the Jew and the Gentile??? Because all these years later that is still not fulfilled. I believe Our Lord is beginning to remove the veil from their eyes that he placed there, so that we, the Gentiles, could come in. Rom 11: 25-33 Praise God in His wisdom of which we know little.

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      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Amen my friend. I agree, prophecy is set in stone, what God says will happen must. My point was hypothetical, in that if it had been God's will and plan, He could have arrived as he wished. Purely hypothetical.

      God Bless you too.

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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Hello lucabrasi,

      I have to disagree with you concerning that Christ could have shown up anywhere, into any society at any time.

      He was always going to show up amongst the Jewish nation (Salvation comes from Zion) and the prophets had always told us so. And the time too was absolutely ordained when that was to happen. If you do a study of Daniel and Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah etc. you will find it to be so. The Jewish people are the Old Covenant people and God's history goes back a long way with them. It is written, they are the older son, His first born, His people - scripture even tells us, they were "the Chosen people." And they have had to pay a heavy price for that honour.

      If you are interested, and want to know more, may I suggest reading "Gods Tsunami" by Peter Tsukahira which gives a fascinating and understandable insight into God's relationship with the Jewish people. Israel. And after all, we know that when Jesus returns, that will be where He returns to as well. On the Mount of Olives. (It is written) Acts 1: 11,12

      We, the Gentiles, are a branch that has been grafted into the root and Israel can be grafted in just the same again, easier in fact, because they are of the root. And just as Israel was cut off, so we too can be cut off just as easily if we disparage our older brother and grow "puffed up" (Rom 11: 11-24)

      Praise God that we are under His mercy. God Bless.

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      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Thanks Brenda, bless you too. And as conveyed, where and into what culture Christ came physically becomes non-applicable aside from confirming historical and prophetic accuracy. He had to show up somewhere and as somebody. Good thing for you and I either way. Abraham too for that matter.

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      Beautiful hub, Amen!

      I take issue with the "adopted Jew" thing, but only because it can be misconstrued as sanctioning the Jewish belief today (which leaves Christ out).....

      I am so happy to be included in God's plan too! Bless you!