Gal. 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. According to Moriah's interpretation of Galatians 3:23 there was no saving faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ prior to the cross. Of course the immediate context exposes that interpretation as competely false. For example concerning faith in the gospel Paul begins this section with these words: Gal. 3:6 [B]Even a[/B]s Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Moriah and those of his theological ilk must flatly deny the words "EVEN AS" because the believe no such thing concerning faith prior to the cross. However, more importantly, Galatians 3:22 is completely ignored as it introduces verse 23 and declares that prior to the cross that the promise of God (justification by faith) was obtained by "them" based on their faith in Jesus Christ. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. In the preceding context "that promise" is righteousness obtained by faith or JUSTIFICATION by faith which could not be obtained through obedience to the Law because the law had no ability to convey life to its observers: 21....for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. Instead, those attempting to be justified by obeying the law could not be justified at all because the Law is NOT OF FAITH and justification is by faith: 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: Therefore, as long as a person is attempting to be justified by law observance they cannot be justified by faith but are shut up under the Law to condemnation instead of justification: 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed The law was merely a schoolmaster to lead us to faith in Christ rather than a means to be justified. As a school master it was designed to define sin and condemn sinners so they would turn from the law to faith in Christ. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Paul was speaking about the Judaizers among them who were still attempting to be justified by observing the commandments of God. As long as they were attempting to be justified by the commandments of God they were shut up under the law and shut up away from faith because the law is not of faith. However, if God used the law to reveal to them they always come short and the more they try the more they are condemned under the law and the law does not provide justification for life but condemnation to wrath and turn from their own attempts to keep the law and believe in Christ's satisfaction of the laws demands fully for them then they would be justified by Christ's obedience instead of their vain attempts.