“Owning Up to Our Baptismal Vows” (Galatians 3:26-28)

During the Pepperdine University Bible Lectureship last week (1st week of May), there was a sermon given to about 3,000 people (by one attendee’s estimate) that took a look at what Paul was actually saying in Galations 3: 26-28.  Jarrod Robinson was the speaker and he took a really hard look at those verses. He first leads us in the more “shallow or surface” understanding. In other words, what the verses say just reading the words. Then, he leads the listener into a much deeper understanding of what Paul was really saying in the language and customs of the 1st Century Jew. These verses are sometimes referred to as the “foundation verses” or the “Holy Grail” of biblical egalitarian beliefs. However, those descriptions are usually made with just a “surface” reading and understanding of Gal. 3:26-28. The “surface reading” interpretation is important to us but it is the deeper meaning of Paul’s words understood in the light of Jewish customs of the first century that really shed light on just how important these two verses are for everyone. In verses 26-28, we find out how we should see and treat our fellow believers in Christ regardless of race, class or gender, but more importantly, they define how God sees us, and that is how we should see each other.
“Owning Up to Our Baptismal Vows” (Galatians 3:26-28) by Jarrod Robinson