Galatians 3:23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. 24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. 26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. NLT
“Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law…until the way of faith was revealed.” Protective custody comes with a handy list of rules that are both restraint and relief. Sometimes it’s a relief to have that list to check your spiritual position and at other times those rules only feel like a prison sentence.
The way of faith has been revealed. Restraint served it’s purpose and obeying rules did provide some relief and comfort, but… We’ve been released! Released from that protective custody for a greater purpose: to be “united with Christ,” and each other!
Christ alone is our promise of blessing and redemption from a life sentence “under guard” to this sentence of life: “I have been crucified with Christ.a”