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The purpose of the God’s Law is not to save people, but to show them their need for a Savior. We are justified by faith in Christ.

BibleGateway: Galatians 3:15-25

ESV Text: Galatians 3:15-25

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:46 and ends at about 3:24

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15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

     19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 376:
Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

— Organ Audio

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1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me, 
Let me hide myself in Thee; 
Let the water and the blood 
From Thy riven side which flowed 
Be of sin the double cure, 
Cleanse me from its guilt and power. 

2. Not the labors of my hands 
Can fulfil Thy Law’s demands; 
Could my zeal no respite know, 
Could my tears forever flow, 
All for sin could not atone; 
Thou must save, and Thou alone. 

3. Nothing in my hand I bring, 
Simply to Thy cross I cling; 
Naked, come to Thee for dress; 
Helplees, look to Thee for grace; 
Foul, I to the fountain fly,– 
Wash me, Savior, or I die! 

4. While I draw this fleeting breath, 
When mine eyelids close in death, 
When I soar to worlds unknown, 
See Thee on Thy judgment-throne, 
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, 
Let me hide myself in Thee! 

Hymn: LSB 599 O Gracious Lord, with Love Draw Near