19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. 21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
The promise of blessing and eternal life was given to all through Abraham but it was through the Law that we learnt how much we needed Christ in our lives, how much we needed forgiveness.
The Law was onerous, and we would never have been able to fully keep it but we can give thanks that Christ made a way for us to receive salvation. When we believe, through our faith, we will receive forgiveness and eternal life. Not through what we’ve done or what we plan to do but through faith.
But do I live my life with this fact ingrained in my thinking…or do I start to take over and think I’m working my future out? That I’ve got everything under control? That I just have to keep making good choices, keep growing in my biblical knowledge, keep doing good works?
Dear Lord, Thank you that you love me and that you chose me first. Thank you that your love and forgiveness are gifts that I cannot earn. I praise you and thank you. Amen
Written by Jocelyn Petschack