An in-depth study observing the separation of concerns between the law and its role, and faith and its role, in the greater context of God’s original plan of salvation for each and every person who will call upon Him.
The intent and purpose of the law
- To stop every mouth (Rom. 3:19)
- Self-declared/self-appointed authority figures (Rom. 1:22)
- Self-preserving/self-promoting hatred (Rom. 3:12-18)
- To demonstrate an evidential conviction of all humanity (Rom. 3:19)
- A law had already been given by the moral Law-giver
- The subjects (mankind) under said law failed to uphold it
- The purpose of the law was thus fulfilled (Gal. 3:17-29)
The inheritance promised by God
- The promise of the inheritance exceeded the scope of the law; the fulfilling of which could never produce
- The law neither replaces nor competes with the promise of the inheritance, but rather complements it as a prequalifier for salvation. That is to say, all concluded under the law—and thus under sin (Gal. 3:22, Rom: 3:23)—are thus qualified to receive the promise by faith of Jesus Christ, should they choose to believe (Gal. 3:22)
- As applying to and prequalifying all, for as many as will receive Him (Gal. 3:27-29, Jn. 1:10-12)—be it many, or be it few—to them He freely conveys the promise of the inheritance, originally made to Abraham and his seed (Gal. 3:16-18) which is, in the first degree, none other than Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:16), yet in whom we are placed, if we would simply believe on His name and receive Him (Jn. 1:12), such that not all, but any, whether they be Jew or Gentile (Gal. 3:14), bond or free, male or female (Gal. 3:28) may be one in Christ Jesus, to the end that we might become grafted into the lineage of Abraham (Rom. 11:25) and thus become heirs—that is to say, recipients of the Holy Spirit through faith (Gal. 3:14)—according to the promise.
The intake of believers
The transition from the law to justification and redemption:
- is made available to all, with no respect of persons (Rom. 3:22),
- requires a discontinuation in the law (Rom. 3:20),
- requires an acknowledgment of the source for your redemption (Rom. 3:24),
- requires believe in the Redeemer, which is Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:26, Acts 4:12),
- expects you to leave behind all boasting, along with the law—with which the fulfilling thereof is associated—which never was sufficient to begin with (Rom. 3:27-28), and
- is not mutually exclusive with the law, in that it invalidates the existence or purpose thereof, and is not to be construed as such (Rom. 3:30-31).