JESUS = THE DEATH OF THE LAW: Galatians 3:15-26

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SCRIPTURE 

Galatians 3:15-26 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.

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.

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.

DISCUSSION 

1. Was there anything from the sermon or Galatians 3:15-26 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?

Moses was given the law by God 430 years after God’s promises of salvation to Abraham. So isn’t the law an improvement on, or replacement for, the promises? If it is, we need to obey the law to be saved!¹

2. How does Paul answer this objection (v 15-18)? What doesn’t the law achieve (v 21)? What does the law achieve (v 22-23)? So, what is the point of the law (v 24-25)?

“We are no longer under [the] guardian [of the law].”

3. Does this mean Christians shouldn’t be concerned with obeying the law, do you think? Why or why not? (hint: 2:19-20 might help you here).

4. Why do people need to know God is a God who has laws before they can understand why Jesus’ death is good news?³

5. How might a professing Christian believer end up coming under the curse of law-observance without realizing it? What should we say to that person?

 

¹ Tim Keller, The Good Book Guide to Galatians, pg. 28.

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