Galatians 3.26-29 – One in Christ - “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.“ There are many people who use the Bible in the wrong way. Some people believe that we should only do what is written in the Bible but that’s wrong. If we did that, we wouldn’t have cars, clothes, use computers, speak English etc. Others use the Bible very loosely, thinking that it’s just a bunch of guidelines that aren’t that relevant any more today in our ‘modern’ society. Both those ways of thinking are wrong. The Bible is God’s word and it is completely true. God (outside of time) wrote the Bible through people (inside of time) for all of time. However, we apply the Bible to our lives by way of using both the truth and by using principles from it. So if God says don’t go sleeping with someone’s wife, that’s pretty clear and we don’t do that because we love God and shouldn’t want to do that! But if we’re trying to decide whether to get one car or another car, the Bible doesn’t tell us, so we have to use God’s word and the Holy Spirit in us for wisdom in deciding. Quite often God leaves the choice to us, only nudging us if we’re going wrong. So back to these verses in Galatians… some people say that there shouldn’t be ‘male’ and ‘female’ any more. They may even point to the Bible saying that there’s no male or female. But that isn’t what the verse is saying. The verse is actually about who we are as Christians. Jesus uses all of us. If we are a Christian, then we’re all children of God – male or female, Jew or people who aren’t Jews, black or white etc. It’s not saying there’s no races any more or no genders any more. It’s saying that when we’re Christians, we are equal in Christ. God doesn’t like any one of us more than another one. It’s about the fact that God values all of his people equally. It’s got nothing to do with being gender neutral. God created man and woman.