Chapter Three, Lesson Four
HEIRS THROUGH FAITH Page
V.24 ** Knowing that faith in Jesus Christ was "later
to be revealed" is obvious from our perspective today, but let's
back up to those who lived under the Law. What was the Law supposed to
do for them?
It was to lead them to Christ!
** Having already seen the Law as a guard over humanity, what new view
or role does Paul add to our understanding of the Law?
It was to "...become our tutor..." [paidagogos] which means
"a trainer of boys". Greek and Roman families would use tutors
to supervise the children on behalf of the parents. It was their job
to train them in obedience, make sure the did their school lessons,
and even to scold or discipline as they felt it to be necessary.
** Do you suppose these tutors ruled over the children throughout the
course of their lives, even when they became adults?
No, quite the contrary, once the job of raising the children was completed,
the child (now an adult) would have authority over the tutor!
** What then, was the goal of the tutelage of the Law?
"...that we may be justified by faith." The Law was given
to lead us to Christ, because we know that we cannot keep the perfect
Law of God. In repentance, we turn to Christ for forgiveness and ask
Him to justify us by our faith in Him. cf. Galatians 2:16 and Romans
Paul illustrates this point in Romans 7:7-13 and shows us the real
villain, let's see it together.
Read passage - (V.7-8) (V.9-11) (V.12-13)
V.25 ** Now back in Galatians 3:25, what impact does the coming
of faith in Jesus Christ have on our relationship to the Law?
"...we are no longer under" its tutelage!
** Borrowing from the tutorial practices of the day, what are some of
the implications of that statement?
We are no longer held down by the Law, we are now "adults"
who can live in accordance with the saving truth we have learned in
Jesus Christ! (Galatians 5:1)
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