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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

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V.19 ** Why, then, do we need the Law?

"...because of transgressions..." or "for the sake of defining transgressions".

** Paul says that "it was added", but to what?

To the Abrahamic covenant of salvation by faith, the Law was added to define our sinful nature.

** The Law, beginning with the Ten Commandments, was ordained through angels by the agency of a human mediator, who was that?

Moses! cf. Deuteronomy 5:1-5

** What is the job of a mediator?

To stand between two parties and communicate from one to the other, precisely what Moses did for God and His people Israel.

** How long was a need for the Law going to last?

"...until the seed should come to whom the promise had been made."
None other than Jesus, Himself!

** Now that Christ has come, do we need a mediator like Moses between us and God, whether it be a priest or any other human being?

Most definitely not! "For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus!" (1Timothy 2:5)

V.20 ** What is the main difference between the mediator, Moses and the mediator, Jesus Christ?

Unlike Moses, Jesus (as God incarnate) is a mediator for us to God, in that God made the covenant with Himself! Remember Genesis 15:17, cf. 2Corinthians 5:18-19 (God, in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself).

V.21 ** By now we might be asking ourselves, "Is the Law set against the promises of God"?

No, "May it never be" or "Unthinkable"!

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