Nations of One Blood

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There are differences in IQ, opportunities and athletic ability. Certain traits are more pronounced in some. Males and females are different. Paul wrote that before God, male and female are the same (Galatians 3:28 Galatians 3:28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
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), but the Bible also says God made us male and female (Mark 10:6 Mark 10:6But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
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). Even family members are different in so many ways. We can see that in the birth of Esau and Jacob (Genesis 25:23 Genesis 25:23And the LORD said to her, Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
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). They were of one blood, but they were different (Genesis 25:27 Genesis 25:27And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
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Somehow we grow confused in thinking in terms of “better” rather than “different.” God wanted nations to be different just as men and women are different. We also note that men are different from other men. Before God, though, those differences become “one.” Paul was the apostle to non-Jews (Gentiles, as the Bible calls them), but his teachings impacted many Jews as well. His teaching was that we were to be “one” before God (Philippians 1:27 Philippians 1:27Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
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, Philippians 2:2 Philippians 2:2Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
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). All peoples are of one blood since we all come from Adam and Eve, but though we are all one before God, we are different from one another.