Galatians Day 8 - Galatians 3:15-29
Paul continues his defense of the Gospel of faith in Jesus alone for salvation. It isn't the law or good works or genetic heritage that saves us. It is Christ alone.
The holy inheritance these Jewish Christians cling to was based on a promise to Abraham and his offspring. Paul demonstrates that even the promise to Abraham was based on faith, not the law, since it came 430 years before the law was given (Galatians 3:17). The promised offspring is Christ, and He came for everyone!
So the question lingers...if the promise so long ago was based on faith, and our salvation is based on faith in Jesus, why then the law?
Paul explains that "it was added until the offspring should come to whom the promise has been made" (Galatians 3:19)
The entire Bible sets the stage for, foreshadows, prepares for how the gap will be bridged between the creation in Genesis when the world was free of sin, and the renewal and restoration of all things, with sin and death defeated for good in Revelation. The story and plan unfolds through actual historic people and events.
The law is part of the story. One pastor describes it as a map and a mirror. A map in the sense that is shows us what holy living looks like; a mirror in that it shows us that we can't do it on our own in our own power.
Paul says the law is our temporary guardian or tutor. Something to guide us until the one who could accomplish it and be holy living for us comes. And now that Jesus has come, we are no longer under a guardian. We don't need a tutor anymore...we have the One, Jesus.
The law isn't obsolete or unimportant. The difference after Jesus is that the law was perfectly fulfilled and now only in Him is holy living possible. We don't have to get there through the law. We can lean on Jesus who did it for us. He fulfilled it and He makes payment for us when we can't. He is the promise making us heirs to the holy and eternal Kingdom of God.
And THIS is freedom. Worthy of gratitude, praise, and worship.