Christ Is All In All

“In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!”

There we have it. For 2,000 years. Right there in front of us. This is from Paul’s letter to the Colossians. But he wrote the same thing in other places.

We are struggling with this concept. Aren’t we? 

And by “we” I mean humans. Everywhere. In the US we are still struggling with some white people trying to come to grips emotionally with the existence of people with other skin colors or ways of living.

But not just us. Look at other “we” places. Myanmar. Terrible things happening there. Africa. Tribal divisions are still killing people. The Middle East. The areas around the Black and Caspian Seas. Britain. Germany. France.

As a society we have advanced much during the past 150 years. But we have a long way to go.

I was thinking about this sentence from Paul.

Why do we ignore it? Often even within churches. 

Does it apply only after they are “saved”? But how did they get into the church in the first place? Someone ignored the differences, saw Christ in everyone, and invited them in.

Jesus didn’t surround himself with Christians. He surrounded himself with people who wanted to learn to be like him. And notice how many different types of people he interacted with while not even leaving Galilee.

Then I wondered if this may be just an intellectual exercise for us? We can repeat the words. Maybe even agree with them in our mind. But then we go out and meet someone different–color, piercings or not, tattoos or not, Western dress or Middle Eastern dress–and fail to treat them all with equal respect.

One spiritual discipline is to study the Word. Another is to act like we have read it.

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