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The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. 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. For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
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.
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. 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.
Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.
Dear Father, I worship Christ that He is the Seed (the Messiah) in Whom the covenant promises You made to Abraham are fulfilled, and through Whom all the nations of the earth will be blessed. Hallelujah, that the blessings (of salvation) in Jesus for all mankind are beyond what we can ask or imagine! I praise Jesus for resolutely stating to His disciples in Luke 24:44 after He rose from the grave: “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” And, again, I delight in Paul’s confirmation of Christ in 2 Corinthians 1:20a as the Seed, Messiah and Anointed One: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” I pray that I and all others who are “joint heirs with Christ,” the Seed, will live in all His full-ness, and will pass the Seed along to everyone else You bring into our lives. May the fruit of the Seed result in widespread renewal, transformation and harvest. I pray these things in the Promised One’s name. Amen.