Keeping the Law (10 commandments, etc.)

The Apostle Paul on Keeping the Law (10 commandments, etc.)

The entire book of Galatians in the New Testament is devoted to the apostle Paul countering some people’s assertions that gentiles (anyone who is not Jewish) must be circumcised and follow Jewish law to be saved. It is not a long book. Take the time to read it, you will find it very informative.

One particular portion really jumped out at me because I had to read it a few times to understand what he meant. Here it is:

Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. God gave the promise to Abraham and his child. And notice that it doesn’t say the promise was to his children, as if it meant many descendants. But the promise was to his child–and that, of course, means Christ. This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise. For if the inheritance could be received only by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God gave it to Abraham as a promise. (Galatians 3:15-18 NLT)

Do you see it? Abraham was promised, among other things, that salvation would come through his bloodline 430 years before the law was written. If the law was neccessary for salvation, God would’ve had to have given the law to Abraham instead of Moses.

Paul goes on to explain that the law was not given to save us, it was given to show us how sinful we are. Well then, why was the law given? It was given to show people how guilty they are. (Galatians 3:19 NLT)

Joyce Meyer says that the law is a mirror. We are glad to have one so we can see that we have dirt on our face, and that our hair is mussed up. But the mirror cannot save us.

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