Thank you for helping me fix this website, bringing it back from the brink of extinction. I really started to think perhaps its time was over, and you would not be having me write here any longer. Thank you for your caretaking and for giving me peace and calm, not even worrying about the situation until it was time to fix it, this evening. Thank you for not even letting it cause me to miss a day — after 460 days straight of posting here! I don’t know if I have ever done anything so consistently as post on this site. I offer it to you, Lord. It is yours. Use it however you desire, for whatever will and purpose you intend for it. Thank you, Father.
Galatians 3:18-26 ERV
Can following the law give us the blessing God promised? If we could receive it by following the law, then it would not be God’s promise that brings it to us. But God freely gave his blessings to Abraham through the promise God made.
So what was the law for? The law was given to show the wrong things people do. The law would continue until the special Descendant of Abraham came. This is the Descendant mentioned in the promise, which came directly from God. But the law was given through angels, and the angels used Moses as a mediator to give the law to the people.
But when God gave the promise, there was no mediator, because a mediator is not needed when there is only one side, and God is one.
Does this mean that the law works against God’s promises? Of course not. The law was never God’s way of giving new life to people. If it were, then we could be made right with God by following the law.
But this is not possible. The Scriptures put the whole world in prison under the control of sin, so that the only way for people to get what God promised would be through faith in Jesus Christ. It is given to those who believe in him.
Before this faith came, the law held us as prisoners. We had no freedom until God showed us the way of faith that was coming.
I mean the law was the guardian in charge of us until Christ came. After he came, we could be made right with God through faith.
Now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law to be our guardian.
You were all baptized into Christ, and so you were all clothed with Christ. This shows that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Lord, I thank you for your awesome Word! I feel so helplessly in love with your Word and your ways. I am a willing prisoner in your house, and a grateful servant there. Please continue to guide me and grow me and mold me into something pleasing to you. Amen.