The Intent of the Law |

TBC Staff

[TBC: This is an excerpt from a longer article than we can fit in the space allotted to our regular TBC Update. Consequently, the link below goes to the entire article written by a former Adventist. The article is very helpful for those who are seeking to minister to family, friends, or acquaintances who may be caught up in the Hebrew Roots Movement.]

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So what then is “The Intent of the Law” and how does if affect born again believers?]


19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [tutor] to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The Greek word paidagogos, which is translated as “tutor” [“schoolmaster” KJV], means “child-conductor”. It originally referred to the slave who conducted the boys from home to school. That was the  purpose of the law. The law shows our need for a savior, drives us to Christ, and then ceases to have a function in the life of New Covenant Spirit-filled believers. We are no longer under a tutor! Let me say that again, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A TUTOR! The Bible could not be clearer on this. If we are of faith we no longer need the tutor. The law is not of faith and returning to the law is antithetical to life in the Spirit. It is a bewitchment! It is a foolish thing to return to the law.

This passage is also quite powerful proof that the law was only in effect for believers from the exodus to Christ (see verses 17 – 19). This passage should forever put to rest the idea that the law preexisted the exodus or that it continues to be a tutor or teacher for those who are living life in the Spirit.