Daily Devotional Tuesday 20th October 2020

by William Moody

Galatians 3:15–20

The Law and the Promise

15 To give a human example, brothers:1 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.


[1] 3:15 Or brothers and sisters


Paul is expanding on the truth that salvation is through God’s covenant with Abraham, which spoke of how through his seed the world would be blessed.

God’s promise was made to Abraham and his offspring (Genesis 17 v7). Paul here highlights how the word offspring was singular, speaking of one particular offspring (v16). Paul is highlighting here that God’s promise to Abraham, which has never been annulled (v15), particularly focuses on Jesus who would fulfil all of God’s promises to Abraham.

Paul is saying to Jews who want to rely on the law for salvation, that this promise through which salvation would come, was made to Abraham 430 years before the law was given to Moses (v17). If people think salvation and our eternal inheritance comes through the law, then they are rubbishing God’s promises (v18). The purpose of the law was to be a temporary measure put in place to help God’s people until Christ would come (v19). But Jesus in coming fulfils and does away with the need of the ceremonial law which pointed to Him. Our Christianity and salvation has to be all about Jesus.

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