Galatians 3:23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.

School Master

Before faith; that is before God in His mercy gives us the faith to believe, we were in captivity to the law. We were likened to the Israelite s  under captivity in Egypt. We served under a harsh task master, who show no mercy, but heaped straw of contempt on our backs. We were given no rest or peace, we had to labor night and day but to no avail. We were in bondage with no chance of escape, the chains of bondage were to strong to break. Until God sent a deliverer, to free us from the bondage of the law. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.  But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. ( Galatians 4:3-5)   See how the law and the promise are in perfect unity, Jesus was born under the law, to redeem those of the Promise. If there was no law what would Jesus have to fulfill, in taking the curse of the law we so much deserve. Oh the infinite wisdom of God giving mankind the law that oppressed and defeated their self righteousness, then giving the Promise to Abraham and in the fullness of time brought them both together in His Promised Son Jesus Christ.

Now we are Children not in age but in spiritual knowledge and understanding adopted into the family of God. Christ born under the law, live a perfect life fulfilling the law requirements, and by His righteousness we are made righteous in the sight of God. Now by God’s grace we are free from the rigid requirements of the law, and live under the grace of God, that we are at peace and have hope knowing that if God is for us who can be against us, certainly not the law.  While they were under the instructions and discipline of the law as a schoolmaster, “they were in bondage” in Egypt, and several captivities into which they were carried by their neighbours; and the bondage of sin and Satan, common to all men in a state of nature; but their greatest bondage which the law naturally gendered, led them to, depend upon themselves, and this kept them in, its sanctions and penalties; for,  fear of death, they were under a servile disposition, and were all their lifetime subject to bondage; they carried a yoke of bondage upon their necks, and were under a spirit of bondage unto fear; they were like children closely kept to school to learn their letters, say their lessons, and perform their tasks; and, if not, receive due correction, which kept them in continual fear and bondage. And to think some of the Jewish converts Paul had to deal with wanted to include the law as means of salvation.

Gregory Lane    (07/18/2013)