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Verses 23-25: “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”

The above verse can be somewhat confusing, seeing as how most of us identify the term “tutor”. We see a tutor as a teacher, but the Greek text (according to concordance and Bible footnotes) in the verse here really translates as an attendant, a custodian, or (in its truest sense) a guardian nanny. The King James translation is even more descriptive: a schoolmaster! In Jewish culture, children had an assigned slave to make sure they got to school and to assist in supervising them. Make no mistake, if the child misbehaved, this “tutor” would point out the law, lay down the law, and administer punishment!

The Mosaic law served this function, but once Jesus came and brought salvation through faith in Him, a “tutor” was no longer necessary. We now had a real Teacher. In fact, if you’ll recall any of the Gospel accounts, that’s what a lot of people addressed Jesus as…Teacher.

So which do you prefer: a strict nanny or a good Teacher?

Something to think about.

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