In our world, there’s certainly inequality, which disparities such as socioeconomic class, race, gender, or skin color tend to create in whatever society we might live in. But the Bible teaches a beautiful, and cogent picture of equality. Despite social cleavages that are very much present in the midst of us, Scripture conveys that still, every human is the same before God, and that God wants us to grow a heart with equality inside of it.
Inequality is the product of a fallen world, and the Bible lets us know what God actually thinks about social, economic or racial distinctions. As seen on Genesis 3:16, before sin, even men and women were equal. From marriage, to race, gender and social class, in God’s eyes all socially-constructed distinctions and perceptions cease to exist. Unequivocally, every person is the same before the eyes of God, and he respects every person the same, regardless of skin color.
This is the way in which God looks at every human, regardless of human-made distinctions in society. The Bible makes clear that the eyes of God do not know skin color, race, gender, ethnicity or social class. Rather, God looks at what’s beneath the skin, which is the heart.
So I want to share with you 11 important Bible verses about equality and look at how beautiful is our God in this matter, and learn Scripture’s assertions regarding the equality of every human before God’s eyes.
Here Are 11 Important Bible Verses About Equality:
1. Proverbs 22:2:
2 “The rich and the poor have this in common, the Lord is the maker of them all.”
In this Bible verse we see that distinctions such as social class do not matter to God. In fact, the Lord has said that it is easier for a poor individual to please Him than a person with abundant financial resources.
2. Isaiah 40:17:
17 “All nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.”
The equality of all the nations and peoples before God is epitomized in this Bible verse. It is beautiful as it shows that no matter how powerful or rich a people or a nation might think it is, it will nevertheless continue to be nothing before God, as this Bible verse shows. Regardless of skin color or vast economic resources, all nations will always be the same for God.
3. Matthew 23: 8-12:
8 “But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
This Bible verse sets the tone for equality inside the church. The Lord didn’t want hierarchies or social distinctions to be in the church, but he wanted it to always have perfect equality and unity.
4. Luke 22:25-26:
25 “And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.”
In Luke 22:25 we find a reiteration of the previous Bible verse. Indeed, it is beautiful that even pastors or leaders should be like the smallest sheep in the church.
5. Acts 2:44-45:
44 “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.”
Acts 2:44-45 depicts the community of the very first Christians in the church, in which perfect equality reigned. They had effectively teared down the disparity created by social class, as nobody even held back economic possessions, and gave to their fellow Christians in need, completely voluntarily.
6. 2 Corinthians 8:13-15:
13 “For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”
In this chapter of 2 Corinthians, we find that the church of the Macedonians had been very supportive and given freely what they could to other Christians in a time of need.
The apostle Paul conveys that the Corinthians should also share from their own abundance to supply what other lacked, and quotes from Exodus 16, referencing the instance when Israel received the Manna from heaven and there was equality and no one lacked anything.
7. Galatians 3:26-28:
26 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
This is one of the most powerful Bible verses on equality in Scripture, and the resolute cogency with which peddles the equality of all humans before God is strong. Truly, inside the church, all socioeconomic, gender and ethnic distinctions are torn apart by the state of being in Christ, who looks at all the members of his church with equality and no predilection for one over the other.
8. Ephesians 5:28:
28 “So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.”
This Bible verse shows us the equality in marriage that God wants there to be inside of it, as we see on Genesis 2:24 and Genesis 3:16 that perfect equality between men and women was the norm before the arrival of sin after creation, and this was his original design for all.
9. Philippians 2:1-2:
1 “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
The apostles always encourage perfect unity and equality and discourage divisions of any kind inside the church, echoing the wish of God for there to be a oneness inside of all the church.
10. Philemon 1: 15-18:
15 “For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, 16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. 18 But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. “
The historical context of Philemon is the Greco-Roman world, in which various people owned slaves. Onesimus, Philemon’s slave had run away, for which he could have been legally punished.
Paul addresses Philemon and instructs him directly to treat Onesimus exactly as he would treat Paul himself an apostle, making no distinction in social class, which is beautiful. Noticing how Paul says “receive him as you would me,” we see how this epitomizes beautiful and perfect equality between Christians.
11. James 2:1-4:
1 “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?”
This beautiful Bible verse shows us what the ideal Christian heart’s stance on equality should be, and epitomizes that we should treat everybody equal. Acting on worldly tendencies of treating those who are more affluent better than those who hold less financial resources, is a tendency that should be absent from the Christian heart; the apostle encourages there to be equality in the treatment of all, effectively tearing down in the church the social distinctions that humans create.
I hope you enjoyed these Bible verses about equality. Blessings!