“Before Faith Came” ( Galatians 3: 23, ESV ) by Carley Evans

“Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.” Paul identifies the law as “our guardian until Christ came.” (Galatians 3:24) This guardian kept us under lock and key, safely shut up in a cell. Once Christ arrived, we became “sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3:26) Having been made new, and given our freedom; we “are no longer slaves, but sons, and if sons, then heirs through God.” (Galatians 4:7) We are suddenly able to “put on Christ” and step out of the purview of the law. (Galatians 3:27)

Once you leave the law behind you, once you throw off those chains that once bound you; you don’t usually “desire to be under the law” again. (Galatians 4:21) You are not of Mount Sinai, but of the Jerusalem above, says Paul. “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman. So, brothers we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.” (Galatians 4:30-31)

“For freedom Christ has set us free, stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

2 thoughts on ““Before Faith Came” ( Galatians 3: 23, ESV ) by Carley Evans

  1. … Galatians 1 Paul an apostle–sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities but.through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead– 2 and all the members.of Gods family who are with me To the churches of Galatia 3 Grace to you and peace from God.our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ 4 who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the.present evil age according to the will of our God and Father 5 to whom be the glory forever and.ever. 21 Then I.went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia 22 and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of.Judea that are in Christ 23 they only heard it said The one who formerly was persecuting us is.now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy. 24 And they glorified God because of me… Galatians 2 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas taking.Titus along with me.

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