The law was our guardian UNTIL
Why are God's rules not like a prison?
Published February 17th, 2017; Updated March 19th, 2017
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What do you call it when someone else decides what you can and cannot do? There are two answers to this question. The first is being in jail and the second is being a child . The difference is that Dad and Mom will only tell you what to do until you grow up, and what we tell you is for your good. Did you know that God's rules are like that? All the rules God has given us in the Bible tell us what we can and cannot do. But they are not a prison because they are only over us until a special time. And guess what...the special time has already come! While you have to grow up before Dad and Mom will not be in charge of you, you do not have to wait to be a “big guy” in God's kingdom. If you believe in Jesus—that he died for your sins and rose to life for you—then you are God's “big guy.” That means that you do not think of rules when you think of God, but you just love him. You do not need to wait for God to say “do this”—you can just do what you know will make him happy. Why are God's rules not like a prison? What does it mean to be God's “big guy?” Do you love God according to rules, or freely as God's “big guy?”
Main point summary
The law was a prison to us and therefore a temporary guardian, until the coming of Messiah; but now in Jesus we are all adult heirs of God.
Now before faith came,
Πρὸ τοῦ δὲ ἐλθεῖν τὴν πίστιν
we were held captive under the law,
ὑπὸ νόμον ἐφρουρούμεθα
until the coming faith would be revealed.
εἰς τὴν μέλλουσαν πίστιν ἀποκαλυφθῆναι,
So then, the law was our guardian
ὥστε ὁ νόμος παιδαγωγὸς ἡμῶν γέγονεν
until Christ came,
in order that we might be justified by faith.
ἵνα ἐκ πίστεως δικαιωθῶμεν•
But now that faith has come,
ἐλθούσης δὲ τῆς πίστεως
we are no longer under a guardian,
οὐκέτι ὑπὸ παιδαγωγόν ἐσμεν.
for in Christ Jesus u you are all sons of God, through faith.
Πάντες γὰρ υἱοὶ θεοῦ ἐστε διὰ τῆς πίστεως ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ•