Bible: Gal 3:16-29

3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. 1  Scripture 2  does not say, “and to the descendants, 3  referring to many, butand to your descendant, 4  referring to one, who is Christ. 3:17 What I am saying is this: The law that came four hundred thirty years later does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, 5  so as to invalidate the promise. 3:18 For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave 6  it to Abraham through the promise.

3:19 Why then was the law given? 7  It was added 8  because of transgressions, 9  until the arrival of the descendant 10  to whom the promise had been made. It was administered 11  through angels by an intermediary. 12  3:20 Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is one. 13  3:21 Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? 14  Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 15  3:22 But the scripture imprisoned 16  everything and everyone 17  under sin so that the promise could be given – because of the faithfulness 18  of Jesus Christ – to those who believe.

Sons of God Are Heirs of Promise

3:23 Now before faith 19  came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners 20  until the coming faith would be revealed. 3:24 Thus the law had become our guardian 21  until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous 22  by faith. 3:25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 23  3:26 For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. 24  3:27 For all of you who 25  were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave 26  nor free, there is neither male nor female 27 for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, 28  heirs according to the promise.

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