Today’s passage: Galatians 3:19-22
- After having written on the superiority of the promise, Paul now writes about the inferiority of the law.
- The law was given to show that man steps out of bounds. Transgression = Stepping out of bounds.
- The law was delivered through angels (Acts 7:53, Hebrews 2:2) and through Moses, but the promise comes from God Himself, and through God the Son.
- The law did not give life, but made man aware of their bondage. The promise sets free all those whose faith is in Jesus Christ.
Questions to consider:
- Though we are seeing the inferiority of the law in this epistle, would it be right to say that the law was bad? What great purpose did it serve?
- How does the doctrine of the Trinity help make sense of verse 20? If Christ is our mediator between God and man…and yet the promise does not require another intermediary?
- What is the different between earning something and being given something? Is the Law able to give eternal life? How does God give us eternal life?