Moving along to the next verses Galatians 3 which sometimes cause issues. Okay, causes a lot of issues. Remember what Peter told us about Paul’s letters in 2 Peter 3:15b-16 – as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
Anyone who tells you that Paul’s letters are easy to understand then you know they are not telling the truth. Paul’s letters require study, which not too many people really want to do. I digress, so let’s get to those verses.
The rest of chapter 3 is twisted by many b/c it is a difficult piece to go through. I am going to break it up a little so that this post will not be too long. Galatian 3:15-18 –
Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
Here Paul is explaining that even in covenants between humans, no one changes it. This concept is hard to understand in our society today since contracts are changed all the time. A covenant is different though. The closest thing we have to a covenant today is marriage. Covenant’s are typically until death do us part. With that understanding, Paul continue’s to tell us the Torah, which came 430 years after Avraham’s covenant, did not nullify Avraham’s Covenant. They both existed together at that point.
The Avraham Covenant, which is the promise, is what we as believers in Yeshua hold onto that G-d will give us eternal life if we have emunah (faith) in Him. The Torah or Law of Moses, did not come and nullify this. No, the Torah was and is about having a relationship with our G-d. For He is holy and can only be in relationship with others who are holy. G-d asks us to be obedient to Him. Did G-d tell us what this looks like? Yes, the Torah. It is about obedience to Him…not for salvation for that is through the promise…but in having a relationship with Him.
Please notice, that Paul says once a covenant is ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. That means what believers call the New Covenant did not do away with the Law of Moses. It simply cannot. I will one day touch on covenants, but I need to digress here b/c this is getting long.
To sum it up, the Torah did not replace the covenant of Avraham and the promise given to him. Our inheritance was and is not based on the Torah. This was not the Torah’s purpose. Next time, we will look at why the Torah.
Thank you so much for reading. It would make my day to know that you read this, so please let me know. Do you agree? Do you have anything to add?
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!