From the beginning of our lives we begin to see the many ways that we are different from other people. In our perceptions about reality we cannot help but find ourselves feeling unequal to some people.
Some are more beautiful than we see ourselves. Some run faster and jump farther. Some are taller and seem able to draw attention to themselves with ease. No matter how beautiful, how athletic or how tall, no one escapes the sense of inequality.
There is one place, however, where inequality is defeated and must bow to Jesus’ perfect presence . This place of complete equality is described as being “in Christ.” To be “in Christ” is to find the one place in our reality where we can completely lay aside all fear of comparison and inequality.
Being “in Christ” is the true Christian mystery and revelation. If the words “in Christ” were truly understood by every disciple the church would once again find its most beautiful reality and power.
Every time you see the words “in Christ” read them as “I am in eternal spiritual union with Christ.” Whoever is in this blessed spiritual condition has found the only equality that really matters. If we could see each other as “in Christ”, we could literally begin to live the mystery and revelation of Christ in us which is the hope of God’s glory appearing in all of our lives. Only through this “in Christ” equality can we demonstrate the true power of being the body of Christ in action as one.
Those who would like to create a type of Christianity that begins with those who have spiritual equality and those who do not have the same equality destroy Christianity at its core. We would all be wise to see every believer from the moment of their new birth as “in Christ”. Only then we correctly see them as worthy to be considered spiritually equal to us at the core of their being “in Christ.”
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28