Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life
- Houston Texas
- Jul 13, 2012
Jesus was even in the Adamic Covenant, which was unconditional.
God had made provision for the sin of Adam and Eve, since man cannot save himself.
Genesis 3:21 God made a covering for man by sacrificing an animal.
And I can't remember if you mentioned that Jesus is the seed of Abraham...
Yes. The Seed of Abraham.
And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Galatians 3:17-19
- It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come
Throughout the book of Galatians, Paul is teaching these Galatians who were led astray by self proclaimed “Apostles” that came from Jerusalem, to the churches Paul would raise up among the Gentiles, and teach them they must become circumcised and keep the law of Moses, in order to be saved.
Paul returned to Jerusalem to put an end to this matter thinking Peter and James had sent these men, which resulted in the incident of Acts 15.
Here in the passages I quoted, Paul defines the purpose and extent of the law of Moses in duration and scope, using distinct language that clearly shows us the law of Moses was “added” to the Abrahamic Covenant, temporarily until the Seed should come.
By saying “till” the Holy Spirit is indicating the law of Moses was temporary, remaining until the Seed should come.
What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come
Just as Moses was the mediator of the Sinai Covenant, and therefore it was called the law of Moses, so also Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant, in which it is called the law of Christ.
I wanted to introduce this understanding by quoting Isaiah 42...
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”
Coastlands refers to Gentiles, who would be apart of this covenant which began with Abraham and always included Gentiles.
As it is written -
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.Genesis 12:3
Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand,
The law of Moses was the very thing that separated Jew from Gentile and was nailed to the cross, so that there would be
“one new man” in Christ.
Abraham was the pattern being “both” Jew and Gentile as he was the father of many nations, including Israel.
The 10 Commandments did not originate with Moses, as Abraham walked in obedience to them and keep them... “By faith”, 430 years before the law.
- Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” Genesis 26:4-5