Brothers and sisters, we are all sons of God.
Galatians 3:26-29 (ESV)
26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 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. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
We Are All Sons of God
If we are in Christ Jesus, then we are all “sons” of God (Gal. 3:26). Some translations that have attempted to be gender-neutral have done a disservice by translating the Greek word, “υἱός,” as “children.”
Even “sons” is not the best translation of “υἱός,” in this context; but the best translation would be, “firstborn son.”
A helpful paraphrase of verses 26-28 is, “In Christ there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all the firstborn son.”
The Apostle Paul was not saying that all people are one gender in Christ, but he was saying that all people are of the same status in Christ, regardless of their status in the world.
Implications for Being Sons of God
In Roman, Greek, and Jewish cultures, the firstborn son was generally the heir to their father’s property and possessions.
In fact, verse 29 reads, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”
If we are Christ’s, then we are heirs. As heirs to Christ, we receive the inheritance of the promise given to Abraham and his offspring.
Genesis 12:2-3 records the promise that God made to Abraham, “Now the Lord said to [Abraham], “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
This promise God made to Abraham consists of physical and spiritual blessings, including: possession of land, a multitude of descendants, God’s protection, and that Abraham’s family would bless the world.
The greatest blessing of all, was that Abraham’s family would bless the world. This is ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ being born into Abraham’s bloodline. If Jesus was the greatest gift of the promise to Abraham and we are recipients of the promise, then our greatest gift is Jesus Christ!
One day we will have a land of our own and we will be fully protected from Satan, sin, and death; but similar to this world, the greatest gift of the new heaven and earth will be Christ Jesus!
As sons of God, let us cling to our inheritance of Christ and value Him more than we would ever value any amount of earthly inheritance. Let us also value Him more than any other inheritance we have received and will receive as sons of God!