Gal 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
Is the law against the promise? Is God against God? He is the giver of both. Man did not come up with the original law, and man most certainly did not give the Promise. If the law that came 430 years after the Promise, and it could establish righteousness then God is contradicting Himself. There Paul says “God forbid” Paul’s way of saying “no way man” the “Law and the “Promise” are two distinct things and different purposes, that do not contradict one another, the law has its use, and so have the Promises; the Promise do not set aside the law as useless on all accounts, nor does the law disannul the Promises, but is subservient to them. The law is a school master, unforgiving no mercy, with out grace, it demands perfection, break one law you are guilty of breaking all of them. As harsh as it is and impossible to keep the law spotlights our sin nature, showing our need for the Promise. If we claim the obedience to the law can bring favor with God then you are also saying the Christ died in vain. If the law could save then why did God send His son to die on the cross. The Law; ( nomos) a law or rule producing a state approved of God, the rule of action prescribed by reason. Every Church has a “Statement of Faith” . Such as salvation by Faith alone sola fide, Other may say by faith and water baptism one can be saved. Yet others say God is on one side the Devil on the other and You are in the middle and have to make a choice. But the Promise God gave Abraham was faith alone in the Promise, and faith produces obedience, Abraham left His country and Family to follow God to parts unknown. If you Chuch “Statement of Faith” adds anything to the promise (Jesus) I would not walk I wound run, and if there is not a door, I would make one. God would not crush His Son, and put Him to open grief, and then hope you would do your part. It was the will of God to crush Him, it was the will of God that He should prosper, and He will not tolerate man’s advice.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.(Psalms 8:1)
Gregory Lane (07/16/2013)