Adopted as Children of God
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:26-29
These words follow a longs passage about the law. If you were to go back and read the first 25 verses in Galatians 3, you would see much discussion on the law, and its relationship to man before the coming of Christ. These ideas are put most succinctly in the immediately preceding verses, saying that man was held in custody under the guardianship of the law until Christ came so that we could be justified by faith through Him, not the law.
This leads us to today’s verses. Because we have been given the righteousness of Christ, and we also share in all the benefits that Christ does through our union with Him, we partake in His sonship. IN Christ, we are children of God through faith. We have been lovingly adopted into the family of God.
Continuing to look at this passage, we see that all of us who have been baptized into Christ have clothed ourselves with Him. We have taken on a new appearance than the one we had under the law. We have taken on a new existence in the name and person of Christ. As we are baptized into all that Christ is, we shed our fleshly nature, being set apart from the world around us in the same way that Christ, even in his complete humanness, was and is set apart from the world that he dwelt in.
Additionally, as we discussed in 1 Corinthians 12, we see here also that we have been brought into the Body of Christ where there is no differences or separations among or between us because all of us share in our Oneness in Christ. And because of this, we share in the blessing that God has passed along to the spiritual descendents of Abraham, which now includes us. We share in the heirship of Christ with all other believers. As is the case when families adopt children into their home, these children share not just in the common living space and food on the table, but in all that it means to be a part of the family they’ve been adopted into.
These are all wonderful proclamations of the truth of our adoption into the family of God. As we read them, may we understand the new nature we have been given, in our being children of God, clothed with the nature of Christ, equal and not separated from one another, and co-heirs with one another and with Christ.