Bible Passage:Gal 3:25
"But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."
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After faith is revealed, we are free from the Law, from the prison, and from our schoolmaster, for when faith is revealed the Law terrifies no more. If you look to Christ and all that He has done, there is then no more Law. For Christ, coming in the time appointed, took away the Law. Now, since the Law is gone, we are not kept under the tyranny of it any more, but we live in joy and safety under Christ, who now reigns in us by His Spirit, and where the Lord reigns there is liberty. If we could perfectly apprehend Christ, who has abolished the Law by His death and has reconciled us to His Father, the schoolmaster (the Law) should have no power over us at all. But the law of our members, rebelling against the Law of our mind, hinders us, so that we cannot perfectly lay hold upon Christ. The lack, however, is not in Christ, but in us, who have not yet put off this flesh, to which sin continually cleaves as long as we live. Wherefore, as concerning ourselves, we are partly free from the Law, and partly under the Law. According to the Spirit, we serve, with Paul, the "law of God; but according to the flesh, the law of sin" (Rom 7). As concerning the conscience, we are fully delivered from the Law, and therefore that schoolmaster must not rule in it; he must not afflict it with his terrors, threatenings, and captivity. And although he seeks continually to do so, our conscience must not be moved, for it has Christ crucified before its eyes, who has removed all the demands of the Law out of the conscience.
By our own strength to put aside
God's wrath and win His blessing,
Is useless task by many tried,
Is only guilt increasing:
For God hypocrisy abhors;
Flesh with the Spirit ever wars,
For 'tis by nature evil.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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