The Law and the Promise

Text: Galatians 3:15-22
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 30, 2012

Tomorrow we will resume our series through Galatians.

The Jews of Paul’s day, including many who professed faith in Jesus, loved the Law of Moses, but they didn’t really understand its true purpose.  They thought that they could be justified by keeping the law.   They tried to compel Gentile Christians to come under the Law of Moses.

In Galatians 3:15-22 Paul shows that God’s covenant with Abraham is the primary covenant which makes promises to those who believe.  The Law of Moses which was added over 400 years later does not change the terms of the Abrahamic Covenant.

Paul explains that the purpose of the Mosaic Covenant was not to be a means by which men could justify themselves through obedience, but rather the Law was given so that men would see that we can only be saved by God’s grace.

Please read Galatians 3 before coming to church (and if you have time you could also read Romans 4).

Come prepared to pay careful attention to God’s Word.   Our passage is not easy, but what God has to say about the gospel of promise is very important for all of us.

Here is what John Piper said to his congregation before he preached this text.

“Whether you have patience to look with me at Gal. 3:15-18 for 30 minutes depends in large measure on the way you live your life. This text has nothing in it that is immediately practical. It has to do with the historical and theological relationship of the Abrahamic covenant and the Mosaic Covenant which was given 430 years later. If you live your life on the basis of spiritual pep pills that give an immediate emotional charge and specific practical guidance, then you will have a hard time w/the next 30 minutes. But if you live your life on the basis of an ever deepening understanding of the ways of God in Scripture, then you will see to enlarge and if necessary correct the theological foundation in your life.”

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