” So “Ethiopian” there is the same as the word “Cushite.” And you can see what the point is. Moses’s sister, Miriam, criticizes this marriage between Moses and the Cushite.
Colossians says, “Here” — that is, in the body of Christ — “there is not Greek and Jew” — those are significant physical and religious and ethnic and traditional distinctions — “circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.” So, in the old humanity, the decisive factor in human unity was being created in the image of God.
1) All races have one ancestor, Adam, created in the image of God, and all humans following from him are in God’s image such that there is essentially one Godlike human race.
“So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis ).
In the new humanity, the decisive factor in human unity is that Christ is all and in all.
To make racial and ethnic distinctions decisive in relations is to oppose the truth of what God is creating in Christ.