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The Law - Simply a Tutor (5 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
There was a man who dedicated himself to being blameless under the law. He sat under the most respected tutors, lawyers, and priests. The excitement and dedication he had drew the attention of his elders, and he excelled above his peers and became a powerful force in the religion of his day. A religion that found its roots in the Old Testament Law that God established to guide His people.
The Old Testament law was so integrated into the culture that it united the religious and political cultures of the Jewish people. This man protected the law with all his might and was determined to do the will of God by enforcing it to the letter.
You may have already identified this man - Saul the Pharisee. Later he would abandon his religious profession and would make his living building tents. His tent making funded a lifetime of missionary work. God would soon change his name to Paul, and he would become the apostle responsible for penning two-thirds of the New Testament.
Before Paul understood the purpose of the law, the law was his life, and all he held dear. After his encounter with Christ, he declared that all he once held dear was nothing more than trash. The law itself wasn't the trash, but it became trash when it was mixed with human effort. Religion that is dependent upon man is flawed to the core. Yet the law served an important role. Look at Galatians 3:22-27
22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23 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.
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Ch ...
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