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      • Psalms 34.4-7ESV

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    Galatians 3:15–18 ESV
    15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
    Galatians 3:19–22 ESV
    19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. 20 Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
    Galatians 3:23–29 ESV
    23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

    Sermon

    Does the Law annul the Promise?

    Galatians 3:15 ESV
    15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.
    Romans 7:1-3 Uses Marriage
    Will (last will and testiment)
    Actioned after Christ’ Death
    Jesus after providing the “Lord’s Prayer” affirms the promise:
    Luke 11:13 ESV
    13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
    Galatians 3:16 ESV
    16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.
    Genesis 22:16-18
    Paul knows that the word used can have dual usage (singular & plural)
    Paul though confirms that the God used the singular purposefully
    Galatians 3:17 ESV
    17 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void.
    Outline the facts stated in verse
    Galatians 3:18 ESV
    18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
    Paul will return to this concept in Charter 4
    Outline the facts stated in the verse
    God’s Work "Once for all” unifies the two events

    What is the purpose of the Law?

    Galatians 3:19–20 ESV
    19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. 20 Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one.
    Has Paul released the Christian from the Moral Law?
    Paul’s argument has been effective
    Paul now outlines its purpose
    In Charter 5 & 6 Paul will show that “justification by faith” does not remove our obligation of obedience to God’s Moral Laws.
    Rather it is a door to Holy Living
    The Law shines a light on our sin
    The sinfulness of His People required its provision
    Intermediary / Mediator - cannot yet approach God directly

    Galatians 3:21 ESV
    21 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.
    Paul (in Romans) makes the case for the priveledge and burden of the law

    Galatians 3:22 ESV
    22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
    Justification by Faith would be meaningless without the law
    The Law “escorts” us to Christ

    Galatians 3:23 ESV
    23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.
    NKJV - Under Guard - “protective custody”
    Awaiting the arrival of “pardon”
    “Without a prior act of God, we cannot even believe in Him”
    For Paul, even Faith is without merit on the individual

    Galatians 3:24–26 ESV
    24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
    Paul quick to ensure an over use of the metaphor: custodian
    Guardian or Tutor (of children)
    The guardian, the Law, has been replaced with the Holy Spirit

    Galatians 3:27–29 ESV
    27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
    Baptism ideally should coincide with the dawn of new life in the heart of the believer
    Letter is primarily about Faith & the Work of the Holy Spirit
    this is the only reference to Baptism
    Pointed at each turn to Jesus, the Christ
    Even in scripture we see the Holy Spirit comes sometimes:
    before baptist
    during baptism
    after baptism
    See Ananias & Simon Magus Acts 5:1-11; 8:9-24
    How humans cause division:
    Jew nor Greek
    Traditions: Nationality / culture, language, religious
    Slave nor Free
    class
    Male nor Female
    sexual

    Conclusion

    We are:
    One in Christ
    Body of Christ
    Heirs in Christ
    our heirship is gained through being one in Christ
      • Galatians 3:15–18ESV

      • Galatians 3:19–22ESV

      • Galatians 3:23–29ESV

      • Galatians 3:15ESV

      • Luke 11:13ESV

      • Galatians 3:16ESV

      • Galatians 3:17ESV

      • Galatians 3:18ESV

      • Galatians 3:19–20ESV

      • Galatians 3:21ESV

      • Galatians 3:22ESV

      • Galatians 3:23ESV

      • Galatians 3:24–26ESV

      • Galatians 3:27–29ESV

  • Doxology - Hymn 115v1
      • Romans 1:7ESV

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