23 Before faith in Christ came, we were held prisoners by the law. We were locked up until faith was made known. 24 So the law was put in charge until Christ came. He came so that we might be made right with God by believing in Christ. 25 But now faith in Christ has come. So we are no longer under the control of the law. 26 You are all children of God by believing in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ as if he were your clothes. 28 There is no Jew or Greek. There is no slave or free person. There is no male or female. Because you belong to Christ Jesus, you are all one. 29 You who belong to Christ are Abraham’s seed. You will receive what God has promised.
Paul’s perspective about God’s law is so cool. We so often think of ‘the law’ as the enemy, as the kill-joy. The law is something to try to not be on the wrong side of.
But Paul saw God’s law as our custodian. The law was God’s way to protect those He knew would be saved from death through faith in Jesus.
This is amazing.
This was God at work to save me before I even knew about Jesus let alone ask Him into my life. God’s law “carefully surrounded and protected” v24 (The Message) me until I trusted in Jesus. This just amplifies His grace and love.
Now I no-longer need the law as my custodian. I have Jesus Himself. Because of Him I have access to God. I’m his son. And nothing will ever change that.
I see God’s law now in a whole new light.
Heavenly Father, I am in awe of your grace. The thought that my life and salvation was kept safe before it ever happened is amazing. Thank you so much.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen