The disciplinary law (Gal. 3:24)


The law

Was our disciplinarian

Until Christ came,

So that we might be justified

By faith.”

ὥστε ὁ νόμος παιδαγωγὸς ἡμῶν γέγονεν εἰς Χριστόν, ἵνα ἐκ πίστεως δικαιωθῶμεν·

Paul said, “Therefore, the law (ὥστε ὁ νόμος) was our disciplinarian (παιδαγωγὸς ἡμῶν γέγονεν) until Christ came (εἰς Χριστόν), so that we might be justified (δικαιωθῶμεν) by faith (ἵνα ἐκ πίστεως).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word παιδαγωγὸς, that means a trainer of boys, a tutor, a guardian, or a slave in charge of the boys of a family.  Paul explained that the Mosaic law was temporary like a slave who tutored young boys until they reached maturity.  The law was more like a nanny teaching the young how to behave until they were old enough to act on their own.  The discipline of the Torah led to justification through a mature faith in Jesus Christ.  Do you believe that young people should be disciplined?

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