Galatians Week 3 Day 5

S--Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

O/A – “Continuing the perspective of salvation history introduced earlier, Paul gives further consideration to the place of the law in the divine economy by showing the relation between law and faith as two distinct dispensations.”
In Paul’s day it was common for children between age six and puberty to be under the care of a pedagogue (tutor). They protected them from evil influences and demanded their obedience.

The tutor in the first century was typically a slave who was in charge of a child from the ages of 6 to 16. "Tutor" in the sense that we use the term today, is not a precise explanation of the Greek word. We use tutor in the sense of a teacher. But in the time this was written it is more the idea of a disciplinarian who was constantly the companion of a child, with the responsibility of bringing the child into adulthood. So the "tutor" had the job of discipline in order to deliver the child over to another realm of life.
The tutor had a responsibility to bring a child to adulthood, so he did whatever it took to curb the tendencies of children and protect from foolish ways. But his job was temporary. When the child reached late adolescence, the tutor's job was finished.
So the Law was essentially a disciplinarian, However the need for that kind of assistance ended when Christ came.
“Christ is the real teacher, who takes us in hand and shows us the way of God in terms of grace.”

Now all who trust in Christ are adult sons-- no longer children. It is faith in Christ Jesus that makes one a son of God.
Our new life in Christ is not under the supervision of the law; it is under the rule of Christ by his Spirit. Freedom in Christ from the supervisory rule of the Mosaic law empowers us to "live for God."

Help us Lord--- We must understand that the Law is not binding on us in any way. Does this mean that we are free to do whatever we want? No, as believers we are not under the Old Covenant Law, but we are under the Law of Christ:
Galatians 6:2 (NASB) Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.
The Old Covenant is over, and we are living in the New Covenant age. Jesus Christ is our Lord, and we are to live in a way that honors Him. Hallelujah

P-- Help us Lord to not stay in bondage to the laws of the past but to live and walk in your Grace, love and mercy, showing that to one another, glorifying you father always. 

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