Galatians 3:24 states that the biblical law served as our guardianship. So to break this down, let’s start by having a definitive understanding of our principle word “Guardianship”. What is a guardianship? Who do we see as ever having guardianship in our lifetime?
In this lifetime, when we think of a guardianship, we think of a capable adult, having temporary ownership over an individual, most likely a child. So how can we compare to this? Are we not children of God, of course we are. Do children need babysitters until their parents come home, of course they do.
Galatians 3:24 is basically stating that the law was our babysitter until our Daddy came home. Jesus being the fulfillment of the law (Matthew 5:17) put us back until our rightful owner’s hands. Through the law, there was no salvation, only bondage. There was no life, only death, and there was no redemption only condemnation.
Through Christ, we have gained a justifiable faith (Romans 8:30), an undeniable purpose, and an undividable ownership (John 10:28). We belong to Christ. We’ve been paid for. The law was so impersonal. We had no owner. We were slaves to the guidelines, rather than lovers of a wonderful Father, who cares for us individually and personally enough, to send His son, the first born of many brethren (Col. 1:15), to die in our place.
Do you not know that there was no amount of righteous deeds in the sight of a Holy God, that could of verified us as qualified saints to stand before a just and righteous God. There were no words, or any amount of praise, worship, or offering, that could pay our sin debt to God.
We were enemies of God (Romans 5:10); we were at war with God, by those very acts that we proclaimed as righteous. The bible says that, “our righteousness is as filthy rags”. Then later on it goes on to say, that if we wish to be righteous, then we will live by faith alone.
This faith knows that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. That nobody comes to the Father except through Him. That without faith it’s impossible to please God, and that He is our helper in time of need, so we shall fear what no man can do to us. (Heb. 13:10)
I want to encourage you brothers and sisters in Christ, to not beat yourself up, and bind yourself to fulfilling the law. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:6 that, “the letter kills, but it’s the Spirit that gives life.” Don’t you think that if God thought that the law could save us, He wouldn’t have promised us a better way, back in Jeremiah with the New Covenant? All 66 books of the bible proclaim of the coming of the King, Jesus. He was predestined and predetermined before the beginning of time, for this very purpose, to leave His throne in Heaven, enter into the world as a baby, born of a virgin, growing up in wisdom and stature, Preaching the Kingdom of God, all the way to His death on the cross, so that God can manifest His glory on Earth, by raising His one and only son from the grave. He was the spotless lamb, who was tempted in every way as we are, all while remaining sinless (Hebrews 4:15). His temptation made Him able to empathize with us, becoming our advocate (1 John 2:1), and His sinlessness made Him the only one capable to carry out the standard of God, that all sin is punishable by death (Romans 6:23), and that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sins (Hebrews 9:22).
Know that you have been redeemed by Jesus, and that you are not bound by the law anymore. Who the Son sets free, is truly free indeed.
Father God, I pray right now in the name of Jesus, over the Spirit of Perfection. We know by no means are we perfect, but we serve you, a perfect and righteous God, who is calling us to know you close enough, that we may be perfected in your presence. Help us to trust you in your word, as you said your Grace is sufficient, that we know and believe this. Help us to be broken before you, so that you can build us up for your Glory. Have your way in us today Lord. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen!