Aug 18, 2019. Galatians 3:23-29, Get Out of Jail

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GET OUT OF JAIL. Galatians 3:23-29. 08/18/19. #13. AM.

Galatians 3:23-29 New King James Version (NKJV)

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 Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

  1. Warden
    1. The Law had placed us under guard
      1. Here Paul describes us as being jailed
      1. The Law is a warden, making sure we stay imprisoned
    1. The sentence is for life and beyond
      1. The Law has no capacity to release us
      1. The Law has no desire to release us
      1. The Law only has capacity to convict us and then hold us as prisoners
    1. The Law confirmed that the sentence given to Adam is passed on to all of Adam’s descendants
      1. Genesis 2-3 Adam committed the crime of violating God’s lawful order to refrain from eating a fruit
      1. The sentence for violation was death
      1. The lawful sentence put all of Adam’s offspring on death row (both temporally and eternally)
      1. The Law confirmed the sentence through a detailed listing of laws and violations of which every human is guilty with multiple infractions
      1. The sentence of death is lawful, permanent, and beyond appeal (Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:11-15)
    1. Someone who has more authority, power, ability, and desire to free us must let us out if we are to avoid execution
    1. The Law is judge, jury, and executioner, John 3:13-21
      1. It could be nothing beyond this
      1. The Law confirms that we are self-condemning
        1. The problem is not God’s Law, but us
        1. The Law confirms our guilt to us
  2. Supervisor
    1. The Law is not only our warden, but our tutor
      1. Every day the Law teaches us the errors of our way through instructing us on our violations
      1. As a jailhouse tutor the Law instructs us for our rehabilitation, not by reforming us, but by condemning us so we can accept our guilt
    1. The first step in rehabilitation is to accept our guilt
      1. Via demonstrating that there is not the slightest hint of righteousness in us we are hopelessly lost
      1. One must accept our fatal guilt to receive deliverance through faith in the atoning Christ
    1. If we understand our lost condition the Law has down its vital job and the door to faith is now open to us
  3. Seed
    1. The Jews believed that salvation was exclusively given to the physical seed of Abraham
      1. God told Abraham that via him that “all families” of the world would be blessed
      1. Through Abr.’s Seed all would be benefitted
    1. Jesus came from the seed of Abraham
      1. His death on the cross was a universal payment for mankind
      1. The payment was for all genders, ethnicities, and socio-economic entities
    1. Jews, Gentiles, males, females, bond, and free have equal status in Christ (earthly destinations make no difference)