Galatians 3:19: The Law – ‘…It was added because of transgressions until…’ (Explained)

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Brief Introduction

The purpose of this explanation of Holy Scripture is to show how Galatians 3:19 in no place abolishes the law of Moses (Torah), rather, it speaks of how it was put in place so mankind can know right from wrong, until the Messiah (Christ) arrived and everlasting life (the ‘promise’) would be made available to all who believe – by way of the new covenant (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, Jeremiah 31:31)

With this faith, a believer is instructed to learn and inturn observe the Law of Moses (ref. Romans 3:31 ESV).

Begin

Galatians 3:19 reads as follows;

Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.
Galatians 3:19 NIV

The verse is telling us that the law was essentially put in place to teach mankind that sin is sin (‘because of transgressions’).

It is true that it then states ‘until the seed to whom the promise was made to had come…’ – however this in no place states that the law of Moses (Torah) would then be removed or cancelled.

Rather, the verse begins to speak of ‘promise’.

The context of this mentioning of the word ‘promise’ in Galatians 3:19 can be found here in verse 21;

Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.
Galatians 3:21 NIV

By the mentioning of the ‘promise’ and ‘life’ here, we see that Galatians 3:19 is communicating to us that [everlasting] life is only available to those who believe in Christ (Messiah).

This means that before Christ had completed his walk on the earth and been resurrected, mankind were being taught right from wrong from the law – without everlasting life being available just yet.

This was all leading up until the Messiah (Christ) would arrive, who’s appearance now allows for everlasting life without end to be freely available, under the new covenant.

Galatians 3:21 also then goes on to speak of righteousness, and the righteousness that is conducive of everlasting life is received by faith – this is described in Philippians 3:9 to an extent, very concisely.

If a person believes in Christ, they are ideally believing all Holy Scripture (Law, Prophets, Writings).

If a person does not believe in Christ, and instead chooses to only cling to the first five books of the Bible (Torah), and dismiss the rest – there is no everlasting life to be had.

In this last scenario, a person is sadly not truly clinging to the first five books of the Bible, as they are neglecting Deuteronomy 18:15-19, which instructs us to listen (and in turn do) what G-d’s prophets instruct, or they will be punished;

Isaiah is a prophet of G-d.
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He states that all who believe live forever (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18).
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Ephesians 2:20 confirms Isaiah was speaking of Christ.
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Christ instructs us to believe in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and also himself as Messiah (John 14:1)
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Isaiah 50:10 reads similar when it says ‘fears the LORD and obeys His servant…’
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John 3:16 confirms again what Isaiah stated (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, 28:20, 28:22).

Hoping it is of benefit.

Shalom v’very kind regards,


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“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

The Orthodox Jewish Bible Copyright Artists for Israel Intl Used by permission © The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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