The Schoolmaster

“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 the schoolmaster.” Gal. 3:24-25. Fortunately, the King James translators put words that were not in the original text in italics. “To bring us” was added erroneously to the text. The law doesn’t bring us to Christ. The Holy Spirit brings us to Christ, through the preaching of the gospel. This passage of scripture is declaring that prior to faith we were under the authority of the law, which the Lord likens to a schoolmaster.

So, what was a schoolmaster? A schoolmaster was the most trusted and beloved servant in a wealthy man’s estate. The master of the home put the schoolmaster in charge of his children. The master set down the rules for the house and trusted the schoolmaster to teach and enforce them to his children. The children were instructed by their father to obey the schoolmaster. They were under his constant supervision. He was their rule of life. The schoolmaster was answerable to his master for the raising of the children. Once the children were of age, they became heirs of the estate. They were no longer under the authority of the schoolmaster. So what kind of relationship would the grown heir have with the beloved servant that guided and protected him in his foolish youth? No doubt there would be a special love and appreciation for his now, friend.

What is the believer’s relationship to the law? “Great peace have they which love thy law”. Ps. 119:165. We do not have an adversarial relationship with God’s holy law. The law of God is our friend.  It is no longer our rule of life. Christ has satisfied all its demands and made us joint heirs with Him. Christ Himself is now our rule of life. Looking unto Jesus as the author and finisher of faith, we are no longer “under” the law but “under” grace.                                                                ~Greg