May 3, 2024

Galatians 3:19-25 (HCSB)
The Purpose of the Law

19 Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not for just one person, but God is one. 21 Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law. 22 But the Scripture has imprisoned everything under sin’s power so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed. 24 The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. 25 But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,

Kim Stahlin

God sent the law because of our sin and because we were helpless in our sin. There was no overcoming it on our own. God used Moses to give us instructions on how to be in a relationship with Him until Jesus came. But Jesus didn’t dismiss the law. He fulfilled it! Jesus was the fruition of our faith in the flesh! We no longer needed the law to be our restraint from sin, because we are now justified through our faith in Jesus. He conquered our sin when, upon our profession of faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit came to live in our hearts and got to work in us. Jesus frees us from bondage of sin, something that the law could never do.

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