- Galatians 3:21-25
- Gal 3:21 (KJB)
- Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if
there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness
should have been by the law.
- Paul now asks a serious question concerning the law of God and if it is
against the promises of God. The answer by Paul is, of course, an emphatic
no. The law did not negate the covenant of grace. The law was designed to
show the utter sinfulness of man and therefore it could not possibly have
given anyone the right way of salvation. The law showed how sinful man was,
and in that exposition, it showed manís need for salvation by grace alone.
Law and grace is like water and oil. An engine needs oil for lubrication to
run properly and it needs water to keep it running cool but they can never
be mixed or else the engine will be ruined. Grace and Law work
simultaneously in that the law shows the sinfulness of man and his inability
to gain salvation by keeping the law and grace is the means whereby those
under the law can become saved and then they are out from under the bondage
of the law.
- Gal 3:22 (KJB)
- But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the
promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
- Hath concluded - Enclosed or imprisoned
- Under - Subject to or under power of
- The Bible is replete with the fact that the whole human race is under
the power of sin. Concerning the subject of man being under the power of
sin, the Bible is like a prison in that there is no way out or around that
fact. However, there is a way to get a complete pardon and that is by the
faith of Jesus Christ. The promise is given to those who believe, as Abraham
did, and that would be reckoned to them for true righteousness. It must be
noted that for a person to truly believe, they must be given salvation
first. The order is always salvation first and then comes belief. The
promise is not given to everyone but only to those who believe. This means
that Christ did not die for the whole human race, just for the elect within
that sinful human race.
- Gal 3:23 (KJB)
- But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut
up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
- We were kept - Guarded, confined, or protected
- Under - Subject to or under power of
- Shut up - Consigned, imprisoned, or enclosed
- Paul now speaks of the time from Moses to the time of Christ. Remember
that grace was active throughout history saving people but here Paul speaks
of a specific time when the law was given to Moses, the people were confined
to that law being subject to it. They were actually considered being
imprisoned in the law as if it was the only method by which a person could
becomes saved. As we have previously seen. No one could be saved by keeping
the law. When the Lord Jesus Christ came upon the scene and then went back
to Heaven after his bodily resurrection. He sent the Holy Spirit at
Pentecost and then the true Christian faith was fully revealed in the
effusion of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the 3,000 that were saved
without keeping the law. Those under the law were shut up to the fact of
this faith unless they were the elect of God who became saved out from under
- Gal 3:24 (KJB)
- Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto
Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
- Schoolmaster - Tutor, guide, director, or trainer
- A schoolmaster in Paulís day was either a free man or a slave who was
very educated and was in charge of educating the children of the masterís
house. The law was the same way. It educated the sinner to realize that they
could not keep the very law they were living in and as a result, they needed
to be justified by faith or in other words by grace alone. No one can be
justified by keeping the works of the law so the law itself guided the
sinner to realize they were helpless in attaining salvation on their own.
This caused the elect under the law to seek the Lord for salvation by grace
- Gal 3:25 (KJB)
- But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
- The result was that once a person became saved, they were no longer
under the confines of the law because they now became free from the law.
(Rom 8:2 KJV) For the law of the Spirit
of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:2 states it beautifully that once a person
becomes saved, they are no longer under that schoolmaster which was the law
of sin and death. This is the either not the and. Either you are under the
law or you are saved through grace. There is no such thing as being under
grace and having to keep the law it sustain that salvation.