February 16, 2020
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Strangely, one of the greatest battles within Christendom has and continues to be over the purpose of the law. Does obedience to the Mosaic Law become the good news for securing a person’s right standing before God or does it come by faith in God’s promise given to Abraham? Or, was the law the means for salvation to the Jew but grace the means for us today? Too often, regrettably, the believer’s view of the Old Testament law is either too strong or too weak; somewhere there has to be a balance.
Thankfully, Paul does provide that balance by raising the question regarding the purpose of the law and then providing the answer. Interestingly, God’s promise of the seed and God’s adding of the law are not two contradictory actions of God. Rather, each was designed by a gracious and loving God with the intention of accomplishing specific purposes. The confusion comes when we attempt to ignore God’s intention.
I. God’s intentional action regarding the law – Galatians 3:19-21; Rom. 5:20; 7:12
II. God’s intentional action regarding the promise – Galatians 3:22-25; Rom. 6:11-14
III. God’s intentional action regarding the evidence – Deuteronomy 6:10-25