by Spencer Boersma
Paul was a social revolutionary. He opposed his own people, the Jews, in order to follow Christ’s call to welcome all people into God’s redemption. However, as he was doing that, he also opposed the most powerful man in his society, Caesar, whose empire was causing brutality throughout the world to women, foreigners, and the poor.
Paul in this passage calls for the end of language and actions that perpetuate Caesar’s idolatrous way of life and look to the vision of a higher dignity of life in the image of the creator. Thus Paul says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all in all.