The term, even in the Acts of the Apostles and elsewhere in the — New Testament, meant more than a Gentile proselyte to the faith of Christ; and the word "Grecian" or "Hellenist" meant more than a Greek-speaking Jew. The white leaders of the church forced the black members to sit in the gallery (even toward the back of the gallery) during the main worship service. Again, this being in Christ involves our preservation. Unity pervades all God's works and operations — unity, not uniformity. This does not mean, of course, that the sexes are to be regarded as in all respects equal; nor can it mean that the two sexes may not have special duties and privileges in other respects. Then, brethren, the essential unity of the Church consists in the indwelling of the self-same Spirit. But, beautiful as this thought is, it comes short of St Paul’s meaning. One man, his heart all athirst for that rest which is union, will look out for himself some earthly object, which he may deck with every fancied perfection, and then bow before it as his idol. Lyth. )Believers one in ChristDr. To work for ourselves is a necessity. And the church of God, no matter what may be the complexion, the country, the habits, or the rank of its members, is one. But while this will affect the behaviour between these different functionaries in society it is not describing how that behaviour will be conducted. )Grounds of unityJ. The snowdrop, the raindrop, the snowflake, the buds of trees, and the blossoms of flowers — all things in the botanical kingdom, all things in the mineral, all in the animal kingdom, and all in nature, have each their own essential elemental characteristic unity, and yet in their developments we find the utmost possible varieties of that unity. Now in the church every Christian is a priest ( 1 Peter 2:9-10). And the Greek responds, "I verily am no more stranger or foreigner, but a fellow-heir and of the same body, and partaker of Divine promise." THE MOTIVE OF LIFE. The Jew, strictly speaking, was the member of the holy family, the descendant of Abraham and Israel, a representative of that well-known nationality which had better reasons: than any other Oriental people possessed, to believe that it was the special object of Divine care, and providence, and government. It is true that St. Paul presents these three antitheses in a pictorial fashion, in a vivid and concrete form, before our consideration, but it is none the less obvious that he is thinking of more than the literal meaning of his own words.I. Cumming, D. D.)One in ChristDean Vaughan.There lies, deep down in the heart of mankind, not always read aright by the spirit of man which is in him, but always read aright by Him who has all hearts in his hand, a craving, yearning, thirsting desire for this reversal of the curse of Babel — for this re-gathering and re-uniting which is to be found only in Christ. You give us all spiritual gifts that help us to make up the body of the church. The Jew and Greek of St. Paul's day meet before the cross. In Him the dispersion is regathered. It seems as though even angels who never fell are in some manner interested and concerned in that regathering. We have the same trials, afflictions, temptations; we take, oftentimes, the same dreary, lonely, tiresome path. How difficult to make even Christian people lay down their pride, and their caste, and love one another with a pure heart fervently! "Ye all are one man in Christ Jesus." Faith alone unites us to Abraham’s Seed (vv. This he saith, that the Galatians might not think themselves disadvantaged from their not being under the law, as the schoolmaster that should lead them unto Christ. But the disobedient child who forsakes his home is practically dead, for him practically the old relation is severed. Males alone had in their body circumcision, the sign of the covenant (contrast baptism applied to male and female alike); they alone were capable of being kings and priests, whereas all of either sex are now “kings and priests unto God” (Revelation 1:6); they had prior right to inheritances. There is in this sonship by faith in Christ, no class privileged above another, as the Jews under the law had been above the Gentiles (Romans 10:12; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 3:11). For them to be fully part of God’s act of deliverance from the oppression of sin, the Galatian believers were told they needed to come under the sphere of the Law’s power: the power of the Law to keep the Galatians hemmed in, protected from sin’s power. Then, brethren, the essential unity of the Church consists in the indwelling of the self-same Spirit. The Jew, strictly speaking, was the member of the holy family, the descendant of Abraham and Israel, a representative of that well-known nationality which had better reasons: than any other Oriental people possessed, to believe that it was the special object of Divine care, and providence, and government. These difficulties arise out of a threefold distinction that may be made among human beings. Being one of the poor at the time, we seldom attended these functions. Spend all your thoughts upon the union in Christ! ab Alex. To teach the vivifying doctrines of the Fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of man.2. Don't elevate secondary matters into primary. Men live next door to each other, and never meet--meet, and never commune--commune, and never are one.