Sometimes people think the New Testament teaches faith and the Old Testament Law-keeping. Not true.
“Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6
But law-keeping was emphasized in the Old Testament because the law was our “guardian” leading us to Christ. The Greek word translated guardian in Galatians 3:24 is pedagogue – a slave who cared for children, correcting, protecting, and disciplining them until they went to school.
The Law was our pedagogue, making us conscious of sin (Romans 3:20), foreshadowing Christ (Hebrews 10:1) and preparing us for the full message of grace and truth in Christ (John 1:17).
Christ didn’t destroy the law. He fulfilled it (Matthew 5:17), and showed us that righteous living flows out of our love for God not legalistic duty or fear of punishment (1 John 4:18).
Christ came in grace and truth, forgiving sin and giving us the desire and strength to live godly lives (Ephesians 3:16-19; Titus 2:11-13).
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