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The Law Does Not Supersede God's Promises Made Before
Bible Verse Galatians 3:15-18
Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
In these passages Paul argues details from the Old Testament scripture along with everyday examples to help the Galatians understand their foolishness. Paul in this section of scripture now goes into more detail. First he speaks of covenants in general. Paul uses the everyday example of human covenants which are far less binding than God’s covenant. In human terms, no one after ratifying a covenant made between two people can set it aside, nullify it or change the conditions of the agreement. This is because it’s a binding covenant. Likewise, when God made his covenant with Abraham, it wasn’t nullified by the law which came much later. Once a covenant has been ratified it becomes irrevocable and unchangeable. This means salvation was, and always has been by faith. God made a covenant with Abraham and God said He would honor the covenant, regardless of Abraham’s actions.
Whereas the Law of God, are commands given by God, which mankind is to follow. There was no promise associated with the law, rather there was the penalty for breaking any portion of the law no matter how small. God's requirements of His perfect law are they are perfectly followed in thought and deed.
We should recall in Genesis chapter twelve when God made the covenant with Abraham, God caused a deep sleep to come over Abraham. After which God walked between the cut pieces of the sacrifice. In the ancient Near East when a covenant was made animals were sacrificed and split in two. Both halves would be placed opposite each with a path down the middle. Then both parties walked between the halves signifying their promise. The sacrificed animals denoted the seriousness of the covenant as well as the consequences for breaking the covenant. Both parties walking down the path between the carcasses signified that both were responsible for their portion of the covenant. However, in this case only God walked between the halves. God had made a one-sided covenant with Himself to fulfill His promise to Abraham. Abraham because he did not walk between the sacrificed animals had no obligation to fulfill the covenant.