Therefore the Law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith
For the most part of my life I felt as a Christian what determined my justification was how much laws and commandments I kept, and due to that believe the moment I broke one law no matter how small I felt like I could never be justified in God’s sight at that moment. But thankfully the Bible does not tell us that and in Galatians we see Paul address the importance of the law and the path to justification.
There are many reasons recorded why the Law was given by Moses to the Jews and one of them is that it served as a tutor/schoolmaster or in a home setting we can call the law a babysitter or an instruction from parents. In essence the law does not work well with an adult but a child, just imagine telling a 20 year old child to stay away from knives because it can be harmful to him, he will look at you like a crazy person because while he needed instructions like that as a kid, he is old enough to know the dangers of using a knife carelessly. Now that’s the same way preaching the law to a believer that desires growth sounds. The law is therefore a means to an end and the end in our lives is when we come to the knowledge of Christ and all he has done for us (Romans 10:4 – Christ is the end of the law of righteousness to everyone that believeth). We were all ushered into Christianity by the law because it made us realize we needed saving (Romans 3:20 – the law is the knowledge of sin) by Christ. Now since we got saved through faith we must also live rightly by faith not the law.
Justification means right standing and it is something we all desire, everyone wants to know how God sees us at every moment and what we need to do to be seen in the right way by Him. For many years I thought we got justified by our actions but the bible teaches that it is by faith we are justified before God and do you know why? It is because if we are going to be really honest with ourselves God’s standards are so high and because of the sinful nature in us we can never be justified by our actions for any person that breaks one law has broken all which means when you lie it’s the same as breaking laws like thou shall not commit murder or commit adultery and every other law we see as big laws (James 2:10 – …whoever offends in one point is guilty of all). This means based on the law no human being will ever be justified in God’s sight because everyone breaks a law irrespective of the size or frequency of the sin.
The reason a child needs a tutor is to bring a child to a level of maturity, as a Christian we needed a tutor to receive something better and to make better decisions on our own without the tutors guidance. As Christians Christ is the end of the law and that means ideally no believer needs the law to tell them what is right or wrong all we need is Christ in us through the Holy Spirit working God’s will and desires as we allow him (Phil 2:12-13).
Now this doesn’t make the law useless, but it means it is to a born again Christians growth in Christ because the same way a child outgrows a baby sitter, he must also outgrow the law at one point.
God wants us to know we are justified by faith in Christ not by keeping the law. God knew from his experience with the children of Israel that man can never reach His standard through the law so He sent us his son to die on the cross for our sins and lawless acts so whoever believes in Him becomes automatically justified in his sight and he made sure when Jesus left the earth he left a comforter, teacher and a guide to lead us into the right path. That’s why the bible says as many as are led by the Spirit of God (not the law, not their pastors, not other Christians) they are the sons of God. The writer of Hebrews explains this when he describes baby Christians as those that can’t discern good and evil without assistance. Righteousness is a gift we receive at salvation and it can never be earned or merited it is only received by faith.
Hebrews 5:13-14 – For everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
I am not saying you should break God’s laws I’m saying you should let the Spirit of God in you lead you everyday because guess what? He would never lead us into sin or break any of God’s laws. We actually wouldn’t need any law to know what is right or wrong.
Thought of the week: A baby Christian is not a young child by age but a Christian that does not depend on the Holy Spirit to live a righteous life. Faith in Christ justifies you, not faith in your self/actions.