Bible Passage:Gal 3:17
What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. Gal. 3:17
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Here the Jews might object that God was not only content to give promises to Abraham, but also after four hundred and thirty years He made the Law. God, therefore, mistrusting His own promises as insufficient to justify, added thereto a better thing, that is to say, the Law. The Law, therefore, which followed the promise did abrogate the promise. Paul answers this very well and to the purpose, strongly confuting the same. The Law, he says, was given four hundred and thirty years after the promise was made, and it could not make the promise void and unprofitable, for the promise is the testament of God, confirmed by God Himself, in Christ so many years before the Law. Now, that which God once has promised and confirmed He does not call back again — it remains ratified and sure forever. Why, then, was the Law added? It is the office of the Law to bring men under the curse, and not to bless. Now God wished to have in,the world a certain people which might have the Word and testimony of Christ, who, being kept and shut up under the Law, might sigh and groan for their deliverance through the Seed of Abraham, which is Christ. Moreover, the ceremonies commanded in the Law did foreshadow Christ. For this reason, the promise was not abolished, but rather by the Law, as by certain seals, was for a time confirmed, until the letters themselves, or the writing of the testament, to wit, the promise, might be opened, and by the preaching of the Gospel might be spread among all nations.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
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