UNLOCKED (FROM SIN AND DEATH)
Galatians 3:7-10 Understand then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
The Scene: Locked up by the law, until faith came through the coming of Jesus Christ, the prisoners (sinners) were held captive to sin and death.
Paul questions the Church: Do you believe in Christ and work miracles because of the law or because God gave His Holy Spirit to you?
Galatians 3:22-24 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to replace it. The law was a stop gap measure that was put into effect by Father God, until Jesus came. And through God’s Holy Spirit the good news could lead the people to Christ, our Mediator. His people, true believers, have been set free from sin and death.
Matthew 5:17-19 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, nor the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
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