by Jim Perdue

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What Good Is the Law? (7 of 16)
Series: Justified
Jim Perdue
Galatians 3:15-29


Tonight, we are walking through the last part of Galatians 3 in our series, Justified. In the preceding verses, Paul has used the Old Testament to make a powerful point: righteousness is not earned by keeping the law, we are only justified by faith. The next portion of the chapter takes us from Abraham to Moses to Jesus to further emphasize that reality.

The Judaizers now thought they had Paul in a corner. He had just finished proving from the Old Testament that God's plan of salvation left no room for the works of the Law. But the fact that Paul quoted six times from the Old Testament raised a serious problem: If salvation does not involve the Law, then why was the Law given in the first place? Paul quoted from the Law to prove the insignificance of the Law. If the Law is now set aside, then his very arguments are worthless, because they are taken from the Law. In other words, What Good is the Law? READ TEXT

*When I visit people's homes, I always enjoy seeing what's on their refrigerator: family pictures, school calendars, grocery lists, the latest drawing, a wedding invitation, magnets, bumper stickers, baby announcements, a reminder about a doctor's appointment-just about anything and everything! There's no telling what's on our refrigerator from day to day. One time we printed a basket and the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5 and stuck fruit on there when our children showed love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, genteelness, and self-control. Other times we have written our rules and placed them prominently on the fridge for the entire family to read and heed. When they were smaller, we had the best of intentions. But I discovered something very interesting about children. Posting rules on the refrigerator, or on their bedroom doors, doesn't create obedient children. Rules are like that I guess. They can show what you expec ...

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