Bible Passage:Gal 3:15
Brethren, I speak after ...the manner of men; though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man sets it aside, or adds thereto. Gal. 3:15.
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After this principal and invincible argument, Paul adds another, grounded upon the analogy of a man's last will and testament; which may seem to be very weak, and such as the Apostle ought not to use for the confirmation of a matter of so great importance. But civil ordinances are of God, for God has ordained them and allows them, as He does the sun, the moon, and other creatures. Therefore an argument taken of the ordinance of the creatures of God is good, if we use the same rightly. Our Savior argues from earthly things to heavenly things, when He says: "If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" Likewise Paul: We must obey men; therefore much more must we obey God. Paul argues: The civil law, which is an ordinance of God, says that it is not lawful to break or change the testament of a man. Yes, it commands that the last will and testament of a man be precisely kept, for it is one of the holiest and most laudable customs that are among men. Now, therefore, how does it come to pass that man is obeyed and not God? Politic and civil ordinances as concerning testaments and other things are diligently kept. There nothing is changed, nothing is added or taken away; how much more ought the last will of God be faithfully kept which He promised and gave to Abraham and his seed after him?
Seven times our blessed Savior spoke,
When on the cross our sins He took,
And died lest man should perish:
Let us His last and dying words
In our remembrance cherish.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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