God made a covenant to reconcile humanity back to Himself through His Son was the changeless promise He made to Abraham. Learn more here.
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed, who is Christ (Galatians 3:16).
When God made his covenant with Abraham, He also made it with his Seed (singular), not seeds (plural). “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice. (Genesis 22:18). The Seed that came from Abraham was Jesus Christ. God wanted to reach the whole world, not through mere human descent but through the God-Man, Jesus.
So before the promise the law was temporary given, lasting from Moses until Christ. The law is like a chain that moors a ship to a dock. Just as one broken link causes the entire chain to fail, so one transgression breaks the entire law. Since this is an all-or-nothing proposition, no amount of work can save us, only God can declare us just.
The law was given not to annul God’s promise to Abraham but to show our need for a Savior. Whenever believers or people recognize how far short they fall, they long for someone to help. And that someone to help is Jesus Christ who justifies. Therefore, to be justified or declared righteous before God, we must place our faith in Jesus and His sinless perfection, letting Him bear our rightful curse and be our righteousness.
The law itself is not weak; it is weak because of humankind’s inability to keep it. To deal with this humanly insurmountable problem, God sent Jesus to meet the demands of the law that were rightly leveled against people (Romans 8:3). No one would be able to keep the law without the indwelling of the Spirit.
- Do you believe and know that only God can save you?
- How often have you tried to keep the law but failed?
Prayer: I thank You Father for sending Your Son to condemn sin in the flesh and setting me free from the grip of sin. Amen!
Read: Galatians 3:1-16