23 Before faith in Christ came, we were guarded by the law. We were locked up until this faith was made known. 24 So the law was put in charge of us 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 the law is no longer in charge of us. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God by believing in Christ. 27 This is because all of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. You have put him on as if he were your clothes. 28 There is no Jew or Gentile. There is no slave or free person. There is no male or female. That’s because you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 You who belong to Christ are Abraham’s seed. So you will receive what God has promised.
This passage is so rich! Paul refers to the law as a school master or as NT Wright puts it a baby-sitter, one charged with the protection and safe custody of young people. A role that is no longer needed when maturity comes. Now that Jesus has come we do not need the baby-sitter anymore – the ‘law’ is written on our hearts and we fulfill it by faith and indeed fulfilling it displays true faith. Some think we must have rules, many rules so as we do not sin – Paul says no to this concept – the Son has set us free for the sake of freedom and we are to live by faith in this freedom – not under law or for that matter license but under God’s grace – free to live by faith – lead by the Spirit. Some say that means we may sin, and sin grossly and so it is better to place some rules around us – but this negates the life of faith – we become reliant on things outside of us rather than the relationship we have in Christ led by the Spirit.
I know it is a risk, but when someone is truly led by the Spirit, truly saved then we do not crave the appetites of the flesh we crave the life of the Spirit!
Father help me to live in the power of the Spirit, fulfilling the desires of the Spirit as He leads me in life!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta