In preparation for my sermon I came across a quote in Charles Cousar’s commentary from the Interpretation series. He expresses a sentiment that I first learned from my teacher, Douglas Campbell, but puts it in a succint fashion that is worth sharing:
Galatians 3:28 has enormous implications which Paul himself could hardly grasp, much less implement, and which remain for the church to carry out. (Cousar, 87)
How true. Campbell taught me to see that what Paul did to the division between Jews and Greeks is a far more radical shift than he often gets credited for. Yes, Paul could in places be friendlier to women, and more programmatic in his (potential) opposition to slavery. But if Gal. 3:28 is understood in its context, the place of women and other minorities in our churches becomes a no-brainer. Alas, we still have a ways to go.