Lessons Learned and taught by Paul and his Disciples

Verse 27 shares
with us “For all of you who were baptized into Christ” in this passage I felt I
had to dig deeper into what it truly meant. According to (ZSB) this passage is
not only trying to imply and emphasize the importance of baptism but also wants
the reader to see this as a means to salvation. 
For that is the argument the group of people that turned away from God
were using in relation to circumcision. To be baptized as a Christian was and
still is a big deal today as it is a sign in an individual’s life that the holy
spirt is working in them. According to (TUR) Baptism in that time period was
looked at as an individual’s opportunity for a public confession of faith in
Christ and overall a symbol of everlasting inner change. And to make water
baptism a precondition for salvation is also to become a neo-Judaizer. Baptism
in our current time is looked at as something special as well. We give our life
to Jesus and get baptized to cleanse ourselves from the previous sin
essentially earning a fresh start with God. Baptism then and now is seen as
something that heals and is a step towards forgiveness in many things.
forgiveness in sin (Acts 2:38), Reception of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), Union
with Christ (Galatians 3:26-27), Membership in the church (1 Corinthians
12:13), Symbol of a spiritual turning (1 Peter 3:20-21), and lastly a symbol of
a spiritual death and resurrection (Romans 6:1-5). In the end baptism should be
seen as one of the gate ways to receive and be forgiven by the Holy spirit. Verse 28 is the
most interesting verse in my opinion as it says “There is neither slave nor
free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ. My
interpretation of this part is that by putting all barriers aside we have equal
access to God. According to (TUR) this also means that the Jewish arrogance to
all including women, and slaves have been totally removed. Every barrier that
has been set forth by the Judaizers has and will be torn down by Christ once
and for all. This verse can connect with the present day in many ways, although
I see one in particular. Racism has been an issue in our nation and around the
world for decades and seems to not have an end. When the scripture states that
everyone should have equal access to the word of God it is applicable to today(NBD).
Many people in our nation have to hide their religion from others in an effort
to avoid being ridiculed or shamed.  Some
even have to go into hiding when studying scripture because if they are caught
they will be killed. On an even larger scale people are people and everyone
should have equal rights to the opportunity to know Jesus Christ. I believe,
the equality of all believers is important as this is what the gospel says to
do.  Treat everyone equally and if we
want to learn and follow what our teachings say then this is what we must do.