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Paul continues his logical argument by spilling out briefly and clearly the purpose of the Law. First of all he says that before Christ we were kept under the Law which gives the idea of being surrounded and protected by prison guards (v. 23). He goes on to explain how the Law did not give life to Israel but it regulated life. He used the illustration of a child who has a private tutor (v.24-25). Many Greek and Roman families had older slaves who looked after their children and became the child’s disciplinarian. He was thought of as a and firm guide that would accompany the children wherever they went. Paul is saying that the Law is like a tutor “to lead us to Christ” (v.24). Before Christ, man was under the Law which was like a private tutor but now we belong to Christ and are in His family.
All who have trusted Christ are a child of God (v. 26). “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (v. 27). You do this the same way as you put on new clothes. The prison of law forced man to see himself as he really is. The tutor of the Law wouldn’t let him dodge the issues. Then the Saviour came along and liberated us. The Law separated Israel from the Gentile nations and governed every aspect of their lives. In their society slaves were considered to be only pieces of property; women were kept confined and Gentiles were constantly sneered at by the Jews. Then Jesus came, not to divide, but to unite. With Him we are completely equal (v. 28). The original promise to Abraham was intended for the whole world, not just for his descendants (Gen. 12:3). All believers are included in this promise (v. 29).
I am thankful that the law acted like a private tutor to lead me to Christ. The Law forced me to see Christ as He really is.
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
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Galatians 1:1-5Paul Explaines His Authority
Galatians 1:6-10Paul Exposes His Adversaries
Galatians 1:11-17Paul’s Personal Testimony
Galatians 1:18-24Paul explains his conversion
Galatians 2:1-10Paul Goes to Jerusalem to Meet With Church Leaders
Galatians 2:11-14Paul Confronts Peter About Hyprocrisy.
Galatians 2:15-21Salvation is Not of The Law
Galatians 3:1-5Freedom From The Law
Galatians 3:6-14Salvation is by Faith And Not by Feeling
Galatians 3:15-18The Changeless Promise
Galatians 3:19-22The Law Was Temporary And Required a Mediator
Galatians 3:23-29The Law is Not Contrary to The Promise
Galatians 4:1-11Why Go Back Into Slavery?
Galatians 4:12-20Building up People in Their Faith
Galatians 4:21-26The Difference Between Law (slave) and Grace (free)
Galatians 4:27-31A Comparison Between The Two Sons of Abraham
Galatians 5:1-6Christ Died to Set us Free From Laws And Regulations
Galatians 5:7-15Love Fulfills The Law
Galatians 5:16-21The Promise of Victory Over Sin
Galatians 5:22-26The Provison For Victory Over Sin
Galatians 6:1-5Bearing And Sharing The Burdens
Galatians 6:6-10Be Generous And do Good
Galatians 6:11-18Paul Glories in The Cross