I have two kids, 7 and 2. Lately their little “sibling rivalry” game is to both get on my lap and claim “dad is MINE”. Felipe says “this is MY dad” and Stella responds “NO this is My DAD”.
If that sounds too childish to you, wait until you see the issues Paul had to deal with in the church of Galatians. Bottom line is this: Christian Jews propagated a gospel message that was not Good News at all. In order to accept Jesus as Savior, gentiles needed to become JEWS FIRST. After all, God had been “Israel’s dad” for a long time. Israel has had a history of being God’s chosen people, and they took pride of that, working hard to obey and honor that calling (Gen 19:5-6).
Paul had to write a whole long letter to defend the gospel he received from Jesus. All words penned by Paul are captured in this map.
The whole world living as one as their put their faith in God and live out the law by the Spirit.
The whole world following God’s will and becoming the true Children of Abraham
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26-28)
God is indeed big enough to embrace us all.