Bible: Galatians 3:15-22

Inheritance Comes from Promises and not Law

3:15 Brothers and sisters, 1  I offer an example from everyday life: 2  When a covenant 3  has been ratified, 4  even though it is only a human contract, no one can set it aside or add anything to it. 3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. 5  Scripture 6  does not say, “and to the descendants, 7  referring to many, butand to your descendant, 8  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, 9  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 10  it to Abraham through the promise.

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

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