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As I read the opening paragraph I think about how similar we are today. We start out really excited as a new Christian, but over time some of us get into a rut, where we start living under law. Maybe not the law as Moses gave it to the Israelites, but we start doing things because it's the expectation, not out of love for Christ. It's so good to be reminded of that, it's all about relationship with Jesus that is fresh and alive every day.
I don't remember verses 23-25 ever jumping out at me like it did today:
23 Before the
way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard
by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the
way of faith was revealed.
me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it
protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
I never thought of the law as 'protective custody' but it is an interesting concept. So of course I wanted to see how The Voice put the verse:
23) Before faith came on the scene, the law did its best to keep us in line, restraining us until the faith that was to come was fully revealed.
24) So then, the law was like a tutor assigned to train us and point us to the Anointed, so we will be acquitted of all wrong and made right by faith.
25) But now that true faith has come, we have no need for a tutor.
An interesting way to look at the relationship between the law and faith in Jesus.