The Purpose of the Law - Galatians 3:15-24

Series: Galatians

March 08, 2020
Pastor Joshua Lim

After making it very clear that we are not saved by works of the Law, Paul now addresses the question: Then what's the purpose the Law? Far from being a contradiction to the promise made to Abraham (justification by grace alone through faith alone), the Law serves very important subordinate and complementary purposes: to point out our sin and to point to our Savior. The Law reveals the depths of our sinfulness and the Law reveals our desperate need for our Savior. In doing these important functions, the Law fulfills its role in God's plan of salvation.

Episode Notes

  • The Law of Moses does not change the promise made to Abraham.
  • Galatians 3:15-18
  • 1. The Law points out our sin.
  • Galatians 3:19-22
  • a. The Law defines what sin is.
  • Romans 7:7
  • b. The Law provokes sin.
  • Romans 7:8-9
  • c. The Law brings judgment against sin.
  • Romans 7:10-11
  • 2. The Law points to our Savior.
  • Galatians 3:19
  • Galatians 3:23-24
  • “In a proper sense, the Law does lead us to Christ, not by weaning us from our sins but rather revealing them clearly and even causing them to be multiplied and increased to the point where we stand before God utterly void of any hope of self-reclamation. Yet this convicting, condemning, killing function of the Law is not an end in itself but rather, the silent preparation for the revelation of faith.” (Timothy George)
  • Recognize that you are no longer under the Law
  • See God's character through the Law
  • Confess your sin and run to Christ

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