Galatians 3:15-29

Galatians 3:15-29 … Galatians continues its condensed theology course with a metaphor of a contract someone might draw up, like a will, that’s the illustration of 3:15. The precision of Scripture is illustrated in verse 16, as Paul points out that the Covenant of God with Abraham referred to Christ (the Seed, or progeny in a human sense). He then tells us that the Law, which came much later through Moses, does not invalidate God’s Covenant with Abraham. Here’s where Scripture will tell us the purpose of the Law: to educate the world concerning sin until Christ came (v.19). The Law, according to verse 24 is to lead us to Christ so that we may be justified by our faith in what Christ has done for us. That little word “justified” gives its meaning if we hyphenate it this way “just-as-if-I’d” never sinned. That’s the way a great preacher, Donald Grey Barnhouse, used to express it in the middle of the last century. Christ has come (v.25), and we are no longer under the Law, but are “sons of God” (heirs) through faith in Christ Jesus! He concludes this great teaching by telling us all that there is no longer any distinction of race, nationality, ethnicity, social status, or gender … no distinction at all! We are all equal, all one in Christ Jesus, and all heirs to the promises of God that will never fail. It all comes through faith in Christ. And that’s Good News!

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