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. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
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.
The Covenant of Mercy given us in Christ (Galatians 3:17; Luke 1:72) replaced the covenant of Law given at Sinai.
Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar… Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. Galatians 4:24,30-31
“We could not find rest. We could not discover a hope; for, indeed, there is none to discover while we abide under the law. Among the considerations which held us in bondage were these:
- The spirituality of the law, touching thoughts, motives, desires.
- The need of perfect obedience, making one sin fatal to all hope of salvation by works.
- The requirement that each act of obedience should be perfect.
- The necessity that perfect obedience should be continual throughout the whole of life.
We were compelled to accept free grace, or perish. Our duty is to show men how the way of human merit is closed. We must shut them up to simple faith only, and show them that the way of faith is available.” – Charles H. Spurgeon