SCHOOLMASTER

The law of God is described as our schoolmaster. It is my understanding that a schoolmaster’s job was to guard a child on its way to and from school. Once the child has grown to adulthood it no longer has need of a schoolmaster. In other words God gave us his law as a guardian, until Christ would come, and then we would by faith receive him. Our repeated trying and failing to obey the law would be the perfect thing to bring us to the place where we would see our need of Christ.

God knew that we humans had been infiltrated by a spirit of error and it was going to take a special kind of medicine to cure us. He knew we wouldn’t just give up and come to him; we would have to be sufficiently worn down first. We would only see our need of a savior after repeated failures to make ourselves right in our own strength, and the Law was the perfect means to do that.

As we look in the New Testament, at the Sermon on the Mount, we discover Jesus seems to tighten the screws a little bit. Jesus made several statements like “You have heard that it was said by them of old. Thou shalt not kill; but I say unto you, don’t hate.” You have heard that it was said by them of old. Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say don’t lust.” He would quote one of the laws and then he would ratchet it up to include even our heart intentions. Jesus was making us see that God was really demanding that we be perfect, not only in our actions, but in our heart and thought life also.

Jesus didn’t come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. We, being unable to fulfill it, finally come to realize our need of him. Christ, by way of the Holy Spirit, fulfills his own law in us. Jesus is not only the law giver he is the only one who can keep it.

The Bible says that we were inhabited by the spirit of error. The proverb says “Foolishness (error) is bound in the heart of a child: but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” God uses his law to drive the spirit of error from us. Once we see our inability to keep his law we are sufficiently convinced of our need to cry out for a Savior.  God is then more than willing to save us. He sends his Holy Spirit to inhabit us, thereby fulfilling the Law from within us. The schoolmaster (law) has done its job. It has driven out the spirit of error and led us to Christ.

Written by Louie

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