This is what God gave me today in his word:
Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise. (Galatians 3:16-18)
The law (as I think I have now already thoroughly mentioned), cannot save. Only Jesus through his death and rising again can save us. As Paul said, our inheritance comes by a promise rather than by our works. Imagine if someone was promised a couple million dollars, as a gift. Then, that same person immediately went and started working for hours and hours for that person, in order to try to earn that couple of million. Well, we could expect that person to be there for a couple of decades, but more importantly, it would foolish for him/her to that. After all, the gift, is just that: a gift. We have been promised an inheritance (Heaven), it would be foolish of us to now go and try to somehow earn Heaven. But the obvious question now come: “Why was the law even given if it was useless?”
Why then the law?
Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one. Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:19-22)
I dislike repeating myself honestly, but in some cases, such as this, I make an exception (see the post from yesterday and the post before that):
The law is where we have to obey. If we don’t obey, we die. In fact, we don’t just die, we die and go to hell. The law requires perfection, forever and from birth. This, as we know, is impossible to do. However, the law has now been done away with. “done away with.” Meaning 100% (the law is gone, but we still study the old testament).
As for the questions I believe Paul answered it:
“Why was the law even given if it was useless?” – It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, – Side note: The law wasn’t strictly speaking, “useless,” and it still isn’t. It’s just now we don’t obey the law (it’s completely invalid to us), but we can still learn things from it, as we can from all scripture.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16)
Everything I’ve been saying for the past couple of days can be summed up in this:
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (Galatians 3:23-26)
You are Loved!