Does Race, Gender And Nationality Matter to God?

Does Race, Gender And Nationality Matter to God?

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28

Every person that has ever been created was formed in the likeness of God—according to His image. But what does this mean exactly and how does it relate to a person’s gender, race, or nationality? Does salvation and confession unto God override these social constructs? Understanding what the Bible says about who we are and how it connects to our relationship with God and others is important. We are all one in Christ Jesus.

What Does it Mean to be Created in the Image of God?

There is a lot to think about concerning our daily bible quote for today. Before we break down the implications, let’s review three other biblical verses for perspective.

We have all heard repeatedly that God is spirit. We have read the verse in Genesis 1:26a, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” and also in Genesis 1:27a, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;”

If God is spirit, then one could assume that the image of God is spirit. The Bible seems to indicate this.

In the following passage from the book of Exodus, God is talking to Moses: “But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.’” – Exodus 33:20

God is frequently associated with light. This passage seems to indicate that the light of God is so bright mankind cannot look upon it.

Therefore, we can postulate that perhaps Genesis was never referring to the physical appearance we have on Earth. It is referring to our “spirit bodies.” The bodies we will have in the afterlife. Our spirit or soul is what was created in the image of God.

Does Race, Gender, or Nationality Really Matter?

With the above explanation of our spirit body in mind, let’s re-read our Daily Bible Quote once more.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28

This can mean many things. It certainly implies that we are to put God first above country or race. (See Exodus 20:3, Matthew 22:36-39)

For further consideration:

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.” – Romans 10:12

If we truly are spirit, then as this verse suggests, it may be true that there is no male and female in the afterlife. The Bible already makes it clear that angels, which are spirit beings also, are androgynous – they have no gender.

This seems to imply that whatever gender we were born as, or even assume that we are or claim to be according to the social construct, we are actually all spirit. If that is the case, does it not suggest that, perhaps, we should not be judging others because of their gender or gender choice?

All Are One And United in Christ

If we accept Jesus Christ as the son of God and our Savior, we are united and will receive God’s grace and eternal life.

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is our intercessor to God. The Bible tells us that not our race, nationality, gender or even good works will redeem our sins and grant us everlasting life. The only way is through Jesus Christ.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

When we accept Christ, we become one with Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

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