LAW WAS OUR SCHOOLMASTER

"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith". (Galatians 3:24)

Leslie M John

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith”. (Galatians 3:24)

A frequently asked question is that why God gave law in the first place, and then the Bible later claims that we are saved by grace through faith.

Apostle Paul clarifies this dilemma in the Book of Galatians that the law is not against the promises of God, but it was given that man may understand that the transgressions he committed cannot be forgiven by law, which only points out the guilt of a person. Law does not provide salvation.  Man can never be saved from his past transgressions of God’s commands by keeping the law and he will never be able to keep the law to its perfection.

Under the law priest had to offer sacrifice first for himself, and then offer a sacrifice for the person, who is guilty of committing transgression of the law.

If law were sufficient to make a man righteous, then righteousness should have been by keeping the law, but inasmuch as no one can keep the law to its perfection, none can be counted as righteous except by the grace of God. The scriptures, therefore, have concluded as all have committed transgression of God’s commands.  The inference is that all are sinners unless saved from the wrath of God, who alone can forgive transgression of His commandments.

The promise by faith of Lord Jesus Christ was made available only to those who believe in Him. The law was like our schoolmaster who teaches us the way unto Jesus Christ.  The incarnate God, Lord Jesus Christ, who came into this world in the likeness of man, and offered Himself as a sacrifice on behalf of all, who have sinned, is the only mediator between God and man. However, His death on the cross has not automatically made everyone righteous.  His righteousness is imputed to the sinner, only when he repents of his sin, and confesses by mouth that Jesus is Lord, and God raised Him from the dead on the third day (cf. Romans 10:9-10).

The lamb offered as sacrifice in the Old Testament period was a type of substitutionary offering of sacrifice on behalf of sinner.  There is no salvation unless blood was shed of the lamb, and even so, the sacrifices were repeatedly offered by individuals, and once every year by the high priest, the sin of individual, or the nation, was only covered and was not removed fully.  The complete removal of the sin from a sinner can be only when a man believes in the perfect sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became sin for us, and our sin was judged on the cross.

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 is to be done under the law in order to have salvation; but faith in him alone is enough and that is to say that we are no longer under schoolmaster.

As many as have confessed that Jesus Christ is the Lord, and believed that God raised Him from the dead are saved, irrespective of whether or not one who believed in Him is a Jew or Gentile, bonded or free, male or female.

All those, who are saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ are called “One New Man” in Him. They all belong to Him.  We, who have become one such “New Man” in Him are called Abraham’s seed by faith and have inherited God’s promises. Apostle Paul blesses all those, who accept Lord Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, as the basis for their salvation, instead of subjecting themselves to be under the yoke of law.

The Bible says that fulfilling the law of Christ is more important than that of the Old Testament laws, which is impossible to keep to their perfection. Paul emphasizes that none of us should boast in our own capacity to save ourselves by keeping the law; instead everyone should glorify in the provision the Lord made for us, and that is by accepting Lord Jesus Christ, whose marks were borne by not only Apostle Paul but all those, who believe in 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. It is indeed hard to be under the law to be saved from perishing.  Instead believe that “grace” alone is the way for salvation. We are saved by grace through faith. He calls Galatians as “my little children”, and tries to explain to them about the implications in believing that keeping law and doing good works only would save them.

Galatians were under the erroneous belief that keeping the law and doing works can only save them from perishing. They desired to take pride in a list of rules that they prescribed for themselves and to keep them. They thought keeping God’s laws to the perfection is possible by man and therefore, they made their own set of rules to keep God’s law. However, none is found, nor can be found ever to be keeping God’s law perfectly.

In other words, it renders a notion that man can earn his own salvation by keeping a set of rules, like being good and doing good works or climb thousands of steps on a hillock to reach their imaginary god in a temple, or sit in meditation under a tree for many days or years to understand God and follow Him.  These things help men to be good men but would not secure salvation. Salvation is available free of cost, and that is as simple as confessing Jesus as Lord and by believing in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day.

Lord Jesus came down into this world to redeem us from the bondage of sin, and, therefore, took upon himself, our transgressions and died for our sake. 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 secure salvation and eternal life. The only way to have eternal life is to believe in the efficacy of the blood of Jesus Christ and accept the fact that he died in our stead on the cross and rose from the dead. He is seated at the right hand of the Majesty now, pleading on our behalf.

It is time today to be saved.


To Millennium and beyond  TO MILLENNIUM AND BEYOND

This book deals with different dispensations and how God dealt with mankind in different periods. It includes some of the major events in the lives of men from Genesis to Revelation covering man’s disobedience, Lord Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death, burial and resurrection, and eternity.

God chose Israel as nation for Himself, and called the children of Israel as His people. He is their God. He was angry with them over their unfaithfulness. The “House of Israel” was scattered and the “House of Judah” was taken into captivity.

God presented a similitude of their unfaithfulness though the life of Hosea the prophet. God commanded Hosea to marry a woman from among prostitutes. In spite of their unfaithfulness God promised them that He would restore them because of Abrahamic Covenant.

The Church is the Chaste virgin of Lord Jesus Christ and not to be confused with Israel. The Church has unique place in the sight of the LORD and is above Israel. The Church has Jews and Gentiles in it. The Church has come into existence when Holy Spirit came into the world and dwelt in the hearts of believers . The Holy Spirit will be taken out from this world when Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

The History continues with unbelievers and rebellious children of Israel who will be left behind after the Church is caught up to be with the Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.