The core of [Paul’s] new learning has to do with the equality of all people in God’s eyes. Because of Christ, because of the Holy Spirit, according to the will of God, all people receive God’s salvation. Men, women, young, old, Jew, Greek, slave or free are united to Christ and therefore join him as offspring of Abraham. All “are one in Christ Jesus” and can be filled with the Holy Spirit. All can minister using the gifts of the Spirit.
—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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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. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
—Galatians 3:28-29 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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