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Why The Law? (Galatians 3:15-29)

The third chapter of Galatians has been Paul’s defense of the gospel he preached to them. In verses 10-14 the apostle Paul taught that relying on the works of the law puts one under the curse of the law, which Christ came to redeem us from by becoming a curse for us. No one is justified before God by the law but the righteous live by faith. But this leads to a natural question: if the law does not save and cannot justify, why was the law given? What is the purpose of the law if the law could not justify those who were under it? Paul is going to use an illustration to answer this question which will help us understand the role of the law and our standing before God.

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