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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bible Passage:Gal 3:19b

". . . having been ordained through angels by the agency of a Mediator . . ."

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This is a little digression on the part of Paul from his purpose, a matter which he only touches along the way, and then proceeds.  He now speaks of this difference between the Law and the Gospel, that the Law, added to the promises, differed from the Gospel, not only in respect to the time, but also to the author and the efficient cause thereof.  For the Law was delivered by the angels, but the Gospel by the Lord Himself.  For this reason the Gospel is far more excellent than the Law.  For the Law is the voice of the servants, but the Gospel is the voice of the Lord Himself.  Therefore to abase and to diminish the authority of the Law, and to exalt and magnify the Gospel, he says that the Law was a doctrine given to continue but for a limited time, for it endured only until the fullness of the promise.  that is, till the blessed Seed came which fulfilled the promise; but the Gospel was forever.  The Law, therefore, is far inferior to the Gospel because it was ordained by the angels, which are but servants, and endured but for a short time; whereas the Gospel was ordained by the Lord Himself to continue forever.  For it was promised before the world began.  Moreover, the word of the Law was not only ordained by the angels, being mere servants, but also by another servant, far inferior to the angels; namely, by a man, that is to say, Moses.  Now, Christ is not a servant, but the Lord Himself, He is not a Mediator between God and man according to the Law, as Moses was, but He is a Mediator of a better testament.

All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all!

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Lutheran to the core -- and just a little beyond.

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