Galatians 3:15-22:The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed

15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed.Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”[i] meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressionsuntil the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Galatians 3:15-22.

God gave Abraham a promise that he would the be father of many nations.  That through his offspring the world would be blessed.  This was fulfilled in Jesus Christ as Jesus was born of the nation of Israel from the tribe of Judah and was a descendant of Abraham.  Jesus came to give His life that all those who would place their trust in Him would be set free from their sin.

Long before the law was established and put in place God had established a covenant with Abraham.  Abraham was declared righteous before the Lord because of His faith in the Lord.  Again the purpose of the law is not to produce righteousness.  The purpose of the law is to demonstrate man’s need for a savior because when anyone tries to keep the law they will fail every time because it is impossible for broken humanity to keep the law of God.  The law of God was meant to lead and guide the nation of Israel under the Old Covenant but we who are in Christ today live under the New Covenant.  We are no longer bound by the law and its demands.

The law was given until and added because of transgressions until the Seed had come.  This seed is Jesus Christ.  Born to Mary and Joseph in the town of Bethlehem.  Jesus was a Jew from birth.  In the gospel of Matthew it traces Jesus linage through his father Joseph through King David to Abraham.  In the gospel of Luke it traces Jesus genealogy through His mother Mary all the way through King David, to Abraham, to Adam the first man.  Jesus is the promised Messiah and when He came, He came not to destroy the law, but He came to fulfill the law and in fulfilling the law He would be able to law down His life for all of humanity.  Any who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ has their sins washed away and they are set free from the curse of sin and death.

The law of God is not an evil thing.  It is actually a beautiful thing because it reveals man’s need for a savior.  This is why when we understand the demands of the law and we understand the gift we have in Jesus Christ that we understand how awesome and incredible the grace of God is.  By simply placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we are declared righteous.  It is not based upon works or performance that we are declared righteous.  This is the beauty of the gospel that the King of creation chose to lay down His life for humanity.  We don’t desire salvation, but it is based upon God’s love, grace, and mercy.  His desire is that none would perish but all come to everlasting life.

Today if you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ spend time each day thanking the Lord for His grace and His mercy.  None of us are where we are based on our own strength, power, or ability.  Everything we do for God and His kingdom is simply because of His grace and His power working through us.  Let us hold fast each day to the faith we have in Jesus and seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

 

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