This has been a bit of a crazy week. Tuesday, I posted at 10:59 PM. Yesterday I just couldn’t get it together to finish my post. So today, late-afternoon, I am diving in — combining the passage from yesterday with todays. Our passage is Galatians 3:15-22:
15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offspring’s,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the law, which came years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise. 19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. 20 Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Paul is talking to the Galatians about the promises made to Abraham. He helps them, and me, to understand by giving a “human example”. Wanting to be sure that I understood his example, and the word nerd in me coming out, I looked up the following:
ANNUL ~ to make void; to nullify
RATIFY ~ to confirm; to establish; to settle
(Definitions are from the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
So Paul is saying that once something is settled (ratified) and cannot be made void. If that is true in his human example, think how much more it is true with the things that God “settles”. I just love when God “settles” things. If I am being obedient to Him, His settling makes my life better!
He made a promise to Abraham. The promise extended to Abraham’s descendant. That descendant is Christ.
I love verses 19-22 — Paul makes clear that the only reason the law was put into place is because of sin. Then he reminds his audience that the law was needed until Christ came but also that the law was not contrary to the promise.
This is kind of heavy stuff but necessary for us. Tomorrow we look more at the law.
Until then…Joy to You!