Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
Paul tells the Galatians that along with the salvation we have received through Christ’s sacrifice for us, we have received responsibility for our faith. That choice was always there, but now with the coming of the Good News, we know that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Now that we are aware of this, our situation has changed.
Paul explains this using an example that may sound a little foreign to us, but relatable just the same. He said that the law acted as our guardian, protecting us from sin much as an adult protects a child. Now that we have “come of age” spiritually, we are responsible for the choices we make, because we have the truth of Christ as our model.
Notice that Paul does not say we can save ourselves (we can’t!) nor does he state that we are spiritually complete (we’re not!), he only indicates we have reached a point, much like eighteen year olds in our society, that we are responsible for the choices we make. God gave us His son that we might accept the love and forgiveness He brought us, and choose to follow Him. We are now part of the process of bringing Christ’s kingdom to everyone everywhere. May we live up to that responsibility.
Gracious God, through Your gift of free will, You allow us to choose for ourselves, not forcing Your children to worship You, but inviting us. Thank You for Your trust in us, may we not betray it. Amen.