Verse 27 shareswith us “For all of you who were baptized into Christ” in this passage I felt Ihad to dig deeper into what it truly meant. According to (ZSB) this passage isnot only trying to imply and emphasize the importance of baptism but also wantsthe reader to see this as a means to salvation. For that is the argument the group of people that turned away from Godwere using in relation to circumcision.
To be baptized as a Christian was andstill is a big deal today as it is a sign in an individual’s life that the holyspirt is working in them. According to (TUR) Baptism in that time period waslooked at as an individual’s opportunity for a public confession of faith inChrist and overall a symbol of everlasting inner change. And to make waterbaptism a precondition for salvation is also to become a neo-Judaizer. Baptismin our current time is looked at as something special as well. We give our lifeto Jesus and get baptized to cleanse ourselves from the previous sinessentially earning a fresh start with God. Baptism then and now is seen assomething 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), Unionwith Christ (Galatians 3:26-27), Membership in the church (1 Corinthians12:13), Symbol of a spiritual turning (1 Peter 3:20-21), and lastly a symbol ofa spiritual death and resurrection (Romans 6:1-5). In the end baptism should beseen as one of the gate ways to receive and be forgiven by the Holy spirit. Verse 28 is themost interesting verse in my opinion as it says “There is neither slave norfree, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ. Myinterpretation of this part is that by putting all barriers aside we have equalaccess to God. According to (TUR) this also means that the Jewish arrogance toall including women, and slaves have been totally removed.
Every barrier thathas been set forth by the Judaizers has and will be torn down by Christ onceand for all. This verse can connect with the present day in many ways, althoughI see one in particular. Racism has been an issue in our nation and around theworld for decades and seems to not have an end. When the scripture states thateveryone 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 effortto avoid being ridiculed or shamed. Someeven have to go into hiding when studying scripture because if they are caughtthey will be killed.
On an even larger scale people are people and everyoneshould 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 todo. Treat everyone equally and if wewant to learn and follow what our teachings say then this is what we must do.