LAW WAS OUR SCHOOLMASTER
Leslie M. John
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24)
It is the Mosaic Law given by God to the children of Israel, and not the secular law, which Paul talks about here, and therefore, there would be some who may have questions as to why God, initially demanded that His Laws should be followed by them, and then allowed ‘grace’ to take prominence in the New Testament period.
Apostle Paul writes that the law is not against the promises of God, but it was given in order that man may understand that the transgressions he committed cannot be forgiven by law, which only points out the guilt of a person. Under the law priest had to offer sacrifice first for himself and then offer a sacrifice for the person, who is guilty. If law could make a person righteous, then truly righteousness should have been by law, but the Scripture has concluded all under sin.
The promise by faith of Lord Jesus Christ was made available only to those who believe. The law was our schoolmaster in order to teach us the way unto Jesus, who is the only mediator. We can be justified only by faith in him. After Jesus had become propitiation for us, it is not required of us to do what was to be done under the law, in order to receive salvation. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone is enough; and that is to say that we are no longer under schoolmaster.
As many as have believed and accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, have put on Christ, irrespective of whether they are Jew or Greek, bond or free, or male or female. All those, who are saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, are one in Him. We, therefore, belong to Him and are Abraham’s seed by faith and thus have inherited the promises.
Apostle Paul blesses those, who accept Christ’s death upon the cross and His resurrection, rather than subjecting themselves voluntarily t be under the yoke of Mosaic Law. He says fulfilling the Llaw of Christ is more important than that of the Old Testament Laws.
No one should boast of himself nor glory himself/herself, but everyone should glorify Lord Jesus Christ, whose marks were borne by not only Apostle Paul but all those, who realize the efficacy of the blood of Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s feels as if he was under the travail of child birth to explain to Galatians the difference between Law and Grace, and how hard it is to be under the yoke of Law rather than accept salvation by “Grace” alone. He calls them, now, “my little children”, and tries to explain to them about the implications in believing that Law and Works only would save them.
Galatians were under the erroneous belief that Law and Works only can save them. They desired to take pride in a list of rules they prescribed for themselves and believe that as they keep set of rules they would become perfect. In other words, it renders a notion that man can earn his salvation by keeping a set of rules, like being good and doing well to others etc. Those things, undoubtedly help men to be called as ‘good men’ but that would not secure salvation to have everlasting life, which is available, free of cost, only as a result of belief in the finished works of Jesus, the Son of God, who did for men. Lord Jesus Christ did it all to earn salvation for us. He finished all that we need to do to earn salvation and it is, therefore, mandatory that we should believe in His finished work for our salvation, rather than finding our own ways to get saved.
Jesus came down into this world to redeem us from the bondage of sin, and, therefore, He took upon himself, our transgressions, and died substitutionary death on behalf of us.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance. A saved man will have in him the Spirit of God and will have the fruits of the Holy Spirit. However, possession of these good qualities without accepting Jesus as “Lord” will not entail us eligible to secure eternal life. The only way to have eternal life is to confess by mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day. Believe on the efficacy of the blood of Lord Jesus Christ and accept that He died in our stead on the cross and rose from the dead.