Our trek through Galatians is more than half-way over, but with this particular letter, the hits just keep on coming. Take, for instance, Paul’s strong words on the Law and the role of Faith as instituted under the reign of Christ. The strongest language comes in verses 25 and 26, “Now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.” I found this word, “disciplinarian” to be interesting, so I dug a little deeper, as you do. Here’s what I found.
NLT – But now that faith in Christ has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
NRS – But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian.
NIV – Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
RSV – But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian;
KJV – But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster
YLT – and the faith having come, no more under a child-conductor are we
The Greek word paidagogos, is the word from which we get “pedagogy” or the study of teaching, which gives this pericope a very different tenor as you read it across the varying translations. Life is hectic these days, so I’ll leave this here and perhaps return to what it all means to me tomorrow.