‘Before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law.’
Just because it’s a law, doesn’t mean we do it!
Killing for example – taking a human life – is both morally and legally wrong. ‘Thou shall not kill’ is a commandment, and murder is illegal in every land. Yet this doesn’t stop us from killing each other. Since the dawn of time, humans have taken each others’ lives. There doesn’t appear to be any indication that we will stop. Even though we know that it is wrong.
But of course, most of us don’t take others’ lives! The vast majority of us would never kill. Why? I don’t think it’s just because we know we’ll go to jail if we do.
It’s because we know that life is sacred – that we are made in the image of God. That means our lives are precious, and it means that every other person’s life is sacred, too. We know this through faith.
This doesn’t mean the law is wrong. It just means that faith is what really guides us.
It’s Good News.
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
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