Sunday, December 23, 2012

Theophylact: The Law Pushes us to Christ - Through Faith we are Counted Righteous

22. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. The law, the Apostle affirms, is unable to free men from sin; indeed, it had the opposite effect of enclosing them in sin. This means that the law shows us that we are sinners, and impels us to desire remission from sins and run to the only one who is able to provide it -- Christ. The Jews neither perceived their sins, nor desired remission of their sins. God gave the law to "enclose" them, that is, to confine and restrain them with rebukes, reveal to them their sin and compel them to seek the way to forgiveness. This way is faith in Christ, through which we are blessed and counted righteous. Theophylact, The Explanation of the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Galatians (at Gal. 3:22), Chrysostom Press (House Springs, Missouri 2011), trans. Christopher Stade, p. 54