There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The Christian scheme is a uniting scheme, and all real saints are one in their glorious Head.
I. THERE IS A SENSE IN WHICH THE SAINTS ARE TOO MUCH ONE, VIZ., IN THAT WHICH IS EVIL. They spring from the same depraved original, and are partakers of the same corrupt nature. Though sin does not reign in them, it remains; and too frequently led away captive by it, they act in a manner displeasing to God.
II. THERE ARE MANY RESPECTS IN WHICH THE SAINTS ARE NOT ONE.
1. Natural capacity.
2. Temper and disposition.
3. External advantages.
III. YET THEY ARE REALLY ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. They are so by virtue of their union with Him, being thereby incorporated into one body, and animated by one spirit, also by virtue of their participation of Him.
1. They are equally objects of the Divine love and favour. One saint may love God more than another; the same saint may love God more at one time than another; but God always loves all His people with the same everlasting, ardent, unalterable affection. Infinite love admits of no degrees.
2. They have the same spiritual privileges. The same gospel is preached, the same Spirit poured on them; they have one Lord, faith, baptism; justified by the same blood, adopted into the same family, regenerated by the same grace, and preserved by the same power.
3. They all hold the Head, Christ Jesus. Differing in circumstantials, they are united in essentials. Inwardly determined for God, they are outwardly obedient to Him. On the other hand, every unconverted man has more hearts than one, and more ways than one.
4. They have the same well-grounded hopes and expectations. As one Father begot them, so one heaven shall receive them. There they shall be one in those senses in which now they are not so, for they shall see eye to eye.
(B. Beddome, M. A.)
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