Chapter CONTEXT MHCC: The Galatians reproved for departing from the great doctrine of justification alone, through faith in Christ. (1-5) This doctrine established from the example of Abraham. (6-9) From the tenor of the law and the severity of its curse. (10-14) From the covenant of promises, which the law could not disannul. (15-18) The law was a school master to lead them to Christ. (19-25) Under the gospel state true believers are all one in Christ. (26-29)
I doubt, out text for today, this has made anyone’s top 25 most misused bible verse lists (except ours) but it certainly should. In recent years it has been tied closely to the Social Gospel and Equality Gospel movements.
There are a few things that must be pointed out that make their case null and void:
- First, one scripture taken out of context does not a doctrinal position make. Anyone who has ever had to write a position paper in HS or college knows this.
- Second, This is written to true believers as Matthew Henry points out, those who follow the laws of God not make up their own.
- The bible teaches both EQUITY not EQUALITY (See article here) buty modern man has twisted the meanings. Equality seeks a subjective outcome without regard to the truth. In other words, equality is outcome-based whereas equity is truth-based. When it comes to justice, Scripture teaches that we are to judge with equity in mind, not equality. That principle is underscored in John 7:24, where Jesus says, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”1
- John Calvin comments: There is neither Jew nor Greek. The meaning is, that there is no distinction of persons here, and therefore it is of no consequence to what nation or condition any one may belong: nor is circumcision any more regarded than sex or civil rank. And why? Because Christ makes them all one. Whatever may have been their former differences, Christ alone is able to unite them all. Ye are one: the distinction is now removed. The apostle’s object is to shew that the grace of adoption, and the hope of salvation, do not depend on the law, but are contained in Christ alone, who therefore is all. Greek is here put, as usual, for Gentile, and one department for the whole class. The implication is clear in the verse context it is not about Equality of Position but Equity of Position. In Christ there is no difference because of Him alone.
Galatians 3:28 – neither Jew nor Greek (frequently misapplied verses) Web Page by Aaron L. Garriott
Role Distinctions in the Church: Galatians 3:28 Web Page by S Lewis Johnson
He Made Them Male and Female Sex, Gender, and the Image of God Web Page by Christopher Yuan