Thought for the Morning
Galatians 3:23-25 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
Faith versus the Law is the question here. Can you be justified through the Law? Paul writes the Law is only a tutor. A tutor helps you understand different principles and facts. A tutor is a teacher. A tutor can teach us things but what you learn must be applied to be of any value. That’s where the problem lies, we may know the Law but in the application of the Law there is only failure. The Lord has tested His “chosen people” through the Law and there has been only disappointment.
But faith is different. In the book of Hebrews we find a definition of faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1) Faith is believing in something you have no control over. I have faith that the sun will rise this morning and there is nothing I can do about it.
Your thoughts and actions are based on faithful belief! What did Paul mean when he wrote,” faith which would afterward be revealed”? God dealt with His “chosen people” for hundreds of years via the “Law” and because of disobedience there was only failure. The concept of faith came with the Lord Jesus.
Our salvation does not come by something we do (works of the Law). Salvation and life come from a faith in the One who gives life, and His willingness to give us that Life based on His love and grace. We know it is “by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” (Eph 2.8)
Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.
Rejoice this morning that we are not saved by our works but by the grace of our loving Lord. Just a thought for the morning