Galations 3:24-26 – “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
Tomorrow I, once again, begin my job as schoolmaster. Some begin that job today. For me, one more day of freedom.
In these verses, the schoolmaster is like the ones taking the children to school. The schoolmaster doesn’t educate the children. He/she had the responsibility of taking the children where they can learn.
In the Old Testament days, the law was given to bring people to God. It was given to show them their sin and bring them to the One who can cleanse them from their sin.
Today, we have faith. Believing in Jesus Christ brings us to the One who can (and will) show us our sin and teach us right from wrong. The Law is still important in principle. It shows us so much about Jesus and His sacrifice. It shows us what should be important in our life. It gives us basic, common sense rules that are applicable to every one always. But, we have to remember that we live by faith. We walk in faith.
The Old Testament people anticipated and believed in the coming of the Savior. We, in New Testament times, look back and believe that Jesus is the Messiah and the Savior that the Old Testament people anticipated. It’s all still faith, just from different perspectives. One needed the Schoolmaster and one needs the Holy Spirit.
So, as the schoolmaster season approaches, remember this – the Law is important to remind us of the principles of Godly living, but it is faith in Jesus Christ that will bring us into eternity with Him.