In Custody Under Law Until Christ (Galatians 3:23-25)
Scripture: Galatians 3:23–3:25
This sermon is about the radical change of status that happens for those who were under law but have by faith turned to Christ. The undesirable qualities that characterize being under Law are described in Galatians 2:16-4:9. The contrasted blessedness is described in the same section. Under Law we were in prison, locked up and unable to do anything about or horrible situation. The issue was the need for faith in Messiah. Until Messiah came, we were under lock and key, with a stern jailor guarding us. Paul emphasized the folly of wanting to go back. This matter is often misunderstood since some English translations of Galatians 3:24 make it seem as if the Law was causing us to make progress and improvement to becoming Christian. The issue is temporal, not causal as the context shows. This sermon lays out the issues according to the grammar and context. We are no longer under a custodian when we come to Christ.
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