Faith No Longer Needs the Law as a Schoolmaster (Thurs. Sept. 22)

The word of the day is “tutor.” When we are new to the faith, we might suppose that we must put ourselves under some strict external disciplines to regulate our life in Christ. For example, Paul’s opponents demanded that the believing Gentiles still keep the constraints of the Law of Moses. But in today’s reading of Galatians 3:23-4:5, the apostle compares the Mosaic law to a “schoolmaster,” “guardian,” or “tutor”[1] who forces an undisciplined child to comply with his directives. The Law as a Tutor The apostle writes, “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of…

Faith No Longer Needs the Law as a Schoolmaster (Thurs. Sept. 30)

The word of the day is “tutor.”  When we are new to the faith, we might suppose that we must put ourselves under some strict external disciplines to regulate our life in Christ.  For example, Paul’s opponents demanded that the believing Gentiles still keep the constraints of the Law of Moses.  But in today’s reading of Galatians 3:23-4:5, the apostle compares the Mosaic law to a “schoolmaster,” “guardian,” or “tutor”[1] who forces an undisciplined child to comply with his directives. The Law as a Tutor The apostle writes, “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.  For you…