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Our Tutor, So That We May Be Justified By Faith

January 17, 2015

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Our Tutor,  So That  We May Be  Justified  By Faith

A tutor  is a close,  one-on-one teacher.     In biblical days,  a tutor  was a guardian  and guide  for boys  in well-to-do families.     Those boys  could not even leave their house  without their tutor,  until they reached the age  of manhood.     The tutor supervised  their whole life  and moral upbringing.     Today,  tutors give individual instruction  to help students  to discipline  and organize  their learning habits  —  so they can better master  the subjects  they need assistance in.

The bottom line is  that we all need  a tutor  to discipline  and organize  our spiritual learning habits.     As sinners,  we skirt around  the truths  of God,  picking and choosing  what we want  to believe  about God.     We want  to imagine ourselves  as easily getting  into heaven  —  not really needing  a real Savior  because we are pretty good  all by ourselves  —  and not owning up  to the utterly decrepit filthiness  of our sins  in God’s eyes.

We are failing  in learning the truths  of God  —  the reality  of our being.     We need a tutor.     We have one  —  if we care  to listen.     Galatians 3:24  tells us,

Therefore  the Law  has become  our tutor  to lead us  to Christ,  so that we may  be justified  by faith.

It’s so hard  for us  to learn  that we need  to be  “justified  by faith.     There is absolutely no other way  to be saved.     God says so.     Since this is  a learning challenge  for most everyone,  we need  a “tutor”.     Paul tells us,  “the Law  has become our tutor  to lead us  to Christ”.     How can the Law  be  “our tutor”?     The Law teaches us  when it shows us  that we absolutely must be  honestly  holy,  loving,  and totally perfect.

Who dares  to claim  that they are totally  and honestly holy,  loving,  and perfectly perfect?     Only a liar  condemned  to hell  might claim  that lie.    The Law convicts us.     Our tutor,  the Law,  shows us  our guilt.     God’s word  also shows us  that Christ suffered  and died  to pay for our sins.     We learn  that through faith  in Jesus,  “we may be justified  by faith”.

That is an awesome truth  to grasp.     When we learn  to put our faith  in Jesus,  another truth  becomes evident  in Galatians 3:25,

But now  that faith  has come,  we are no longer  under a tutor.

Our tutor,  the Law,  can no longer condemn us  when we put  our full faith  in Jesus,  our Savior.     We are free.     We no longer need  the Law  to tutor us  about our sinful nature.     By learning  through faith  in Christ,  “we are no longer  under a tutor”.     We’re free  —  not through any works  or efforts  of our own  —  but through God’s grace,  as 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 says,

But  by His doing  you are  in Christ Jesus,  who became  to us  wisdom  from God,  and righteousness  and sanctification,  and redemption,  so that,  just as it is written,  “LET HIM  WHO BOASTS,  BOAST  IN THE LORD.”

God has redeemed us  in Christ  —  now let Him further  teach us.     We don’t have anything  to brag about.     God’s grace  does everything  for us,  so we humbly say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for teaching us  to depend  on You  for our salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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