August 9, 2020

No Caste or Class

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28 Yesterday, we talked about the variety of races that made up the early church and how they would stand side-by-side during worship and esteem each other as equals. Another interesting facet of the diversity that imbued culture at the dawn of Christianity was a built-in caste structure. The Roman society that had infiltrated the ancient Jewish world had its own brand of aristocracy, with patricians as the highest rank followed by equities, who were like knights, plebeians, freedman, and slaves. While the top and bottom classes would typically have no reason to associate since one ruled over the other, being part of the Body of Christ leveled the playing field and made them the same. In the context of fellowship, believers would meet

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