|Galatians 3:22-27 |
22 But the scriptures show all men are bound under sin, so that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, bound until faith should afterwards be revealed. [Until faith has come, everyone is obligated to keep the law that is on every man's heart, Rom 2:11-16. Faith that frees from the law comes with the receipt of the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law, Gal 5:22-23, which is the gift of God and by revelation provided by Jesus himself. From the Word of the Lord within, "until you witness receiving faith from Christ, you are under the law. There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh."]
24 Therefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.3 [Unless you come to strive to obey the moral core of the law, included in the law on every man's heart, you will never be brought to Christ to be justified by inward faith, hearing the word of God within your heart and obeying it with persistence; the moral core of the law is: do not steal, do not murder, do not covet (want), do not lie, do not commit adultery, honor your mother and father, and love you neighbor as yourself — which is to do to others as you would have them do to you — the golden rule.]
25 But after that, when faith [received with the fruit of the Spirit] has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster [the law that is on everyone's heart].4 [The faith that comes, is the faith received as a part of the fruit of the Spirit, after you have crucified your sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial. Faith is not belief in Jesus based on the historical accuracy of the Bible; faith is hearing the word of God from within your heart, for faith is the gift of God and is authored by revelation from Jesus Christ. Paul further tells us: if (and when) you are led (prompted, ordered, commanded) by the Spirit, you are not under the law, Gal 5:18. To be led, is to have the Spirit prompt your thoughts, words, and deeds. Before Christ appears in your heart with the fruit of the Spirit to continually lead and prompt you, all the commands you hear from the Lord are also written in your heart to clarify and add to the law in every man's heart, which is your schoolmaster to be continually obeyed.]
26 For you are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus. [only if as the next verse says, if you have been baptized by Christ; which is the unquenchable fire that burns up all the chaff (sin). Operational faith, faith within, is how the baptism is eventually realized.]
5 Paul makes distinctions here in his audience: "as many as have been baptized into Christ." There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, The true baptism of the Holy Spirit, the only one needed, circumcises the heart, by plunging down sin and iniquity, and puts off the body of death and sins of the flesh so that we are without sin; a baptism into the death of Christ. The unquenchable fire burns up all the chaff (sin), after the floor (your heart) is thoroughly purged.
The Holy Spirit was also received from the laying on of the Apostle's hands. This appears similar to how Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to his Apostles when he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22. But the Apostles did not receive the baptism of fire until Pentecost, when they received power:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 . The disciples had already received the Holy Spirit when Jesus breathed on them (above reference John 20:22) and told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for power, which is described as:
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all of one accord in one place,
When suddenly a sound came from heaven like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
And what appeared to them, looked like cloven tongues of fire, and the fire rested upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4.
The Apostles had a "laying on of hands" power, which is referred to as a baptism of the Holy Spirit; but this was not the baptism of fire that burnt up the chaff, (burns away the sin), which occurs at the end of the journey, not the beginning. This power was limited to those who were in the Kingdom of Christ, having received power from on high. These men then watched over their flock, correcting, warning, exhorting, reproving, charging — to make sure they stayed on the true way, and not be seduced by the deceitfulness of sin. Today, we have no such perfect, pure, holy, empowered men to do the same. So, each man is developed completely by the Holy Spirit, tested, and then sealed with the earnest deposit of the Spirit, the promise of the completion to occur at the Second Appearance of the Lord. The Holy Spirit's development of men without a physical overseer around, is necessarily a much more selective process; taking much longer as well as being very careful to be certain any man, without an earthly overseer, will not stray off the path after receiving the earnest deposit — thus to bring great shame to the truth.