by Johnny Hunt


Gal. 3:23-25
October 17, 1993

INTRODUCTION: In these few verses Paul continues to answer the
question of v.19.
"What is the purpose of the Law?" Let me introduce this passage
with the opening chapter of John Bunyan's classic allegory,
"Pilgrim Progress."

As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a
certain place where was a den, and laid me down in that place to
sleep; and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and
behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain
place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and
a great burden upon his back. I looked, and saw him open the
book, and read therein; as he read, he wept and trembled; and,
not being able longer to contain, he broke out with a lamentable
cry, saying, "What shall I do?"

A short while later the man encountered Evangelist, who asked,
"Whatfore dost thou cry?" Pilgrim answered, "Sir, I perceive by
the book in my hand that I am condemned to die, and after that
to come to judgment." Evangelist then pointed the pilgrim
toward a gate in the distance and to light beyond it and a hill.
With the great burden on his back and the book in his hand,
Pilgrim started off toward the hill, crying out, "Life! Life!
Eternal Life!"

The burden on Pilgrim's back was his sin, the book in his hand
was the Bible, and the hill toward which he journeyed was
Calvary. It was in reading God's Word that he learned God's law
condemned him to death and hell because of his sin, and it was
that knowledge of sin and judgment that drove him to the cross
of Christ, where the pena ...

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