Galatians 3:15-29 – June 22
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Galatians 3:15-29 – The Law and the Promise
15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.
21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
Children of God
23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Unbreakable Faith | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible asks the question – What was the purpose of the law if it could not save a person? The law reveals the utter sinfulness of every man and women and their desperate need for a savior – the law was never intended to be the way of salvation. Paul calls the law a tutor (attendant, custodian, guide), a term applied to a trusted person in Greek and Roman society who was given the duty of tutoring and guiding boys of upper classes in their formative years. The tutor was entrusted with a supervisory role that involved protecting, guarding, instructing, correction, and rebuke; he was given care over activities ranging from overseeing good hygiene to overseeing the studies of the child in his charge from his infancy to puberty. The purpose for having the law as a custodian or guardian until Christ came is made clear -that we might be justified by faith.
We found an awesome pottery place down a country road in Oregon, but taking a young child into a place where everything is breakable makes me a little nervous. So I explained to her before we went in that this is a place to look but not touch anything. She did great, but I still hovered over her the whole time to make sure these expensive pieces did not get broken. The owner even let the kids pick out special rocks to take because they did so good. We are here to be guides for our children. Just like God gave the people the law to follow before Jesus came, it itself did not save them but guided them. The Bible itself does not save us, faith does, but the Bible guides God’s Children.
Dear Lord, thank You so much for Your law as a guide for us. And as my daughter prays, God is good!
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