Galatians 3:24

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore the Law was our Schoolemaster to bring vs vnto Christ, that we might be iustified by Faith.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore the Law has become our tutor {to lead us} to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So that the law is become our tutor `to bring us' unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So the law has been a servant to take us to Christ, so that we might have righteousness by faith.
- Basic English Bible

So that the law has been our tutor up to Christ, that we might be justified on the principle of faith.
- Darby Bible

Wherefore the law was our school-master to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
- Webster's Bible

So that the Law has acted the part of a tutor-slave to lead us to Christ, in order that through faith we may be declared to be free from guilt.
- Weymouth Bible

So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
- World English Bible

And so the lawe was oure vndirsmaister in Crist, that we ben iustified of bileue.
- Wycliffe Bible

so that the law became our child-conductor -- to Christ, that by faith we may be declared righteous,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 3:24


3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster unto Christ - It was designed to train us up for Christ. And this it did both by its commands, which showed the need we had of his atonement; and its ceremonies, which all pointed us to him.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 3:24


Ga 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster. "Tutor", in the Revised Version. In Roman families a trusted slave, a pedagogue, had charge of children, preserved them from harm, and took them to school. The law is such a tutor; not a schoolmaster, but a guide to lead us to the school of Christ. There we are "justified by faith".

Discussion for Galatians 3

  • Bookreadingismything
    A former colleague of mine once said, "We are all God's children". That is so true.
  • A disciple
    "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Leading in to this statement, Paul uses the simile of a "Schoolmaster " and the idea of Graduating has many apparently confused about the importance of the Law "because we are NOW Christians under grace." What part of any of God's commandments are we now released from keeping? Seventh-Day Sabbaths? No Covetousness? Doing no evil to our neighbor? Honoring our parents? NO IDOLS? And which of all the Statutes and ordinances? The sacrifices and observing holy days? We read in the Prophets that these too will all be kept and practiced under the full weight of Christ's Authority, and penalty by His Rod of Iron if they don't. There are many things we have yet to learn! The Apostles commanded that the Gentiles should not be held under scrutiny or bondage to keep the Law of Moses, as in becoming Jews but they DID NOT DENOUNCE IT, OR FORBID IT! Paul's teaching was to show the completeness of the grace of God in Christ for the Believer NOT to overthrow what God had enjoined to Israel for ever.
  • Steve morrow
    1 TIMOTHY 4:6 IF THOU PUT THE BRETHREN IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE THINGS THOU SHALT BE A GOOD MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST --NOURISHED UP IN THE WORDS OF FAITH--AND OF GOOD DOCTRINE WHEREUNTO THOU HAST ATTAINED MATTHEW 12:37 FOR BY THY WORDS THOU SHALT BE JUSTIFIED AND BY THY WORDS THOU SHALT BE CONDEMNED ROMANS 5:1 THEREFORE BEING JUSTIFIED BY FAITH WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ROMANS 3:22 EVEN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD WHICH IS BY FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST UNTO ALL AND UPON ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE FOR THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE 1 JOHN 3:10 IN THIS THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE MANIFEST AND THE CHILDREN OF THE devil WHOSOEVER DOETH NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS --- IS NOT OF GOD --- NEITHER HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER 1 TIMOTHY 1:13 HOLD FAST THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS WHICH THOU HAST HEARD OF ME IN FAITH AND LOVE WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS 2 CORINTHIANS 13:5 EXAMINE YOURSELVES --WHETHER YOU BE IN THE FAITH--PROVE YOUR OWN SELVES KNOW YOU NOT YOUR OWNSELVES HOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU EXCEPT YOU BE REPROBATES JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE
  • Spenner
    My prayer for the church is that we would all become "one" in Christ Jesus.If we all "Put on Christ" by being "Baptised into Christ" (Acts2:38)there would not be all these different denominations,and different doctrines.Let us "build upon the Apostles and the Prophets with Jesus Christ as the Chief Corner Stone" (Eph2:20)
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Eternal truths- 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. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
  • A disciple
    Brian; I think you're not understanding something about "in the Name of Jesus" and "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Read Psalm 2 for example, and we see that we are commanded to "Kiss the Son;" which means, "The only Name given among men whereby we must be saved." That doesn't put Him above or apart from the Father and the Holy Spirit; but is part of the whole.

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