Jew nor Greek? What is Paul Getting At?

We are finally at the end of Galatians 3. We went through a lot of hard to understand verses. If you have not read through the rest of my Galatians 3 postings please take the time and read them. Read the verses…see if you have a different understanding of what Paul is really trying to say.

Galatians 3:26-29 – For you are all sons of God through faith in Yeshua the Christ.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Yeshua the Christ.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

Some will try and use verse 28 to say no one should be called a Jew because if you are in Christ then we are all one. Is that really what Paul is saying here? I don’t think so. If it was, then there is no such thing as male or female or as slave nor free. Does that make sense? Again, I don’t think so. I believe what Paul is saying is we are all one. It does not matter what race, gender, social standing you have…we are all one in the Messiah Yeshua. To further clarify that this is Paul’s position let’s look at Romans 2:28-29:

 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.  But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

Clearly, Paul is stating that all who have been circumcised in the heart (this phrased is used many times in the Tanach) by the Spirit is a Jew. I know a lot of Christians will be aghast at this thought, but Paul said it not me.

Paul finishes the chapter by stating if you belong to Yeshua, then you are a descendant of Avraham according to the promise given by G-d. If you are a descendent of Avraham that makes you part of the Israelites, Hebrews, or Jews. They all mean the same thing. Remember the “New” Covenant is with the House of Judah and the House of Israel and if you are not physically a Jew then you are grafted into their tree. This covenant is where the Torah will be placed on your inward parts and in your heart and the Spirit will direct you in following His statutes and ordinances.

Baruch HaShem! We made it through Galatians 3. We will go into Galatians 4 next, but the next post is something I should have done before getting into Galatians. We are going to look at Paul, who was He and what did He teach.

I hope this series has been beneficial to you. If you have any questions or thoughts please let me know.

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!

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