26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Sometimes when we read scripture we read over the most beautiful and powerful truths that we end up either ignoring – or taking for granted. I know that most folks read this passage and discuss the “unity of the body” that is preached; and that it a good thing because it is true. I believe, however, that verse 27 was intentionally set apart because the person who read it was impressed, as I am, by the sheer power of its teaching. It reads, “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” The Holy Spirit is teaching us that if you have submitted yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ, then when God the Father looks at you – He sees His Son Jesus. I know I say this a lot when I talk about our God but wow. Just wow.
Humans will always seek to be self-serving in the theologies that we construct. We are always quick to promote the idea that WE are still in charge, still calling the shots and God is subservient to us. This is reflected in all of our theological constructs – from denying that women have been “clothed with Christ” and thus can not be leaders and teachers in the church; or promoting the idea of Free Will Theism, that is, that God REACTS to our decisions because He has no inkling of the future. How can we be so quick to read the Word of God and claim it as truth and then be just as quick to deny or alter it according to our selfish desires? I stand on solid ground – not on shifting sand. I do, and always will, stand on the Word of God as Truth.