In Galatians 3:28, we find, “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.”

If you look at this in context, the issue was that the Galatians had been told that they should start observing the Law, that they should be Torahobservant if they were truly Christians. Paul points out that the purpose of the Law was to serve as a schoolmaster to bring them to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. Then he says that after faith has come, you don’t need the schoolmaster anymore.

Galatians 3:28 does not mean that Jewishness has been obliterated, at least not here on Earth; but rather it mentions it as one of three conditions of existence that really don’t count in Christ. The second condition is bond or free: there are not slaves (who were frequently those who had a debt to pay) or free people. But can you imagine what would happen if a prisoner asked for a conference with his master and quietly explained to him that he had been born again, so he is no longer a slave? The third condition is gender. Christ did not obliterate that either. If there is no earthly difference between male and female, why don’t men start having babies? But our physicality has not changed.

What Galatians refers to is our standing in Christ. In ancient times, women weren’t allowed to perform certain religious duties because their very presence could cause defilement. It was up to the men to read and study Torah, and then to teach the family such as they needed to know.

Likewise, if a person were a slave, he had to do what his master bade him to do and that might prevent him from the necessary acts of worship. Gentiles, before Christ, became part of the Jewish people in order to serve the God of Israel.

When Jesus came, through Him all could have equal standing before God, whether Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. This in no way was meant to wipe away people’s identity. We are still Jews, even when we believe in Christ. Prisoners are still prisoners until they serve out their terms. And women are still smaller and prettier, and have children.

Don’t let anyone rob you of your Jewishness, of your femininity, or of your freedom.