Galatians 3:15-18

Exodus 17

15 Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

5 responses to “Galatians 3:15-18

  1. yeah…this one took me a while. first i read it. then i got out my bible and reread it. well…i still didnt understand it so i got out my little kids bible and read it from there…needless to say i still had to dumb it down after that. this is what i got:
    15: even though it is made, if it is confirmed as a covenent then it is a covenent and you cannot take away from or add to it.
    16: the promise was made to Abraham and his “seed”. just one seed, one person. (christ).
    17: the 430yr l8tr law cant change the coventent b/c it was b4 the law.
    18: the inheritance is by the law so it is no longer a promise. But God gave it to Abraham by a promise so it sticks.

  2. In Matt 5:17 Christ says that He did not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill the law. Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. When the law came, it was to give the people guidelines and rules to live by so that they would be different from all the other people groups who lived at that time (they are referred to in scripture as a “peculiar people” which just means different from everyone else). But the law did not erase God’s earlier promise to Abraham. The promise was not dependent on how perfectly the men between Abraham and Jesus kept the law. In other words, the promise of salvation to those who believe in Jesus’ name cannot be earned, there is nothing we can do to be worthy enough or to be good enough to earn our way to heaven. It is only through belief in God’s perfect grace and Jesus’ perfect sacrifice.

  3. Paul is talking about a blessing and promise that was given to one man and to his seed, the Isralites. This promise can never pass to the Gentiles because it was a covenant to the Jews. But through Christ, the promise of new life and eternal life extends to the Gentiles because this covenant has been offered to all men.

  4. lexi—dont worry about not getting it right now or understanding—its gonna take some time for you to start gaining an understanding—think about when a kid starts reading, he doesnt begin with ancient hebrew culture and history, they begin with learning their ABC’s and then See Jack Run, Do you like green eggs and ham, sam I am— they start small and work their way up…just continue to come, read, post thoughts and questions and read our comments and we will also answer your questions…just dont give up…keep pursuing searching and desiring for more of God’s will begin to be revealed…remember, us leaders do not know everything and will never know everything…we are growing and learning just like you are…the key is the heart and desire to grow and learn which you have and God will make sure you grow and learn!!!!!!!!

  5. One of the things that I know God for is his promisises, I hear everyone talk about them. Which is why I liked the last verse. His promise even overode the Law and proves his power.

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