New Living Translation
Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.
King James Bible
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Darby Bible Translation
So that the law has been our tutor up to Christ, that we might be justified on the principle of faith.
World English Bible
So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Young's Literal Translation
so that the law became our child-conductor -- to Christ, that by faith we may be declared righteous,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster unto Christ - It was designed to train us up for Christ. And this it did both by its commands, which showed the need we had of his atonement; and its ceremonies, which all pointed us to him.
LibraryThe Work of the Holy Spirit
This evening, however, I shall run away from my text somewhat. Having just in a few words endeavored to explain the meaning of the whole sentence, I intend only this evening to dwell upon the doctrine which incidentally the apostle teaches us. He teaches us that we begin in the Spirit--"Having begun in the Spirit" I have already illustrated the whole text sufficiently for our understanding if God the Holy Spirit shall enlighten us; and I shall now, I say, confine myself to the thought that Christians …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858
The Curse Removed
Ephesians ii. 8
The Critical Reconstruction of the History of the Apostolic Age.
What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God's standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place.
For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.
1 Corinthians 4:15
For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you.
Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law."
And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
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