Galatians 3--Part 7
by, 03-23-12 at 04:06 AM (496 Views)
By hopscotching your way through this chapter, you tried to make the following verse say something it does not say.
[COLOR="#000080"][INDENT]21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God?[/INDENT][/COLOR]
[COLOR="#000080"][INDENT]Phillips: Is the Law then to be looked upon as a contradiction of the promise?[/INDENT][/COLOR]
This has been answered for us previously in the chapter:
[INDENT][COLOR="#000080"]The law, introduced 430 years later, [B]does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise[/B]....[/COLOR][/INDENT]
...but Paul wants to drive this point home.
[INDENT][COLOR="#000080"]Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that[B] could[/B] impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. [/COLOR][/INDENT]
Note Paul equates "imparting life" with production of "righteousness." And he is quite adamant that life (righteousness) has never come by law.
In fact, he emphasizes this with great fervor in the previous chapter:
[INDENT][COLOR="#000080"]Gal 2:21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for [B][COLOR="#FF0000"]if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing[/COLOR][/B]!”[/COLOR][/INDENT]
Did you hear that, Mich?
[B]Righteousness[/B] has never and [B]cannot[/B] come by observing the law.
[B]Righteousness[/B] has always and only come by the Promise:
[COLOR="#FF0000"][B][INDENT]"Abraham believed God, and it was credited to Him as righteousness."[/INDENT][/B][/COLOR]
Once more, righteousness can and has only come by [B]trusting in the promises of God [/B]and being [B]credited[/B] with His Righteousness!
How much clearer could Paul be?