2. The Law Being the Custodian
of the Heirs of the Promise
15 Brothers, I speak aaccording to man, though it is a man's covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one nullifies it or makes additions to it.
16 But ato Abraham were the bpromises spoken and cto his seed. He does not say, "And to the seeds,'' as concerning many, but as concerning one: "And to your dseed,'' who is 1eChrist.
17 And I say this: A 1covenant previously ratified by God, the 2law, having come 3afour hundred and thirty years after, does not annul so as to make the bpromise of none effect.
18 For if the 1ainheritance is of law, it is no longer of promise; but to Abraham God has graciously given it through bpromise.
19 Why then the alaw? It was 1added because of the btransgressions until the cseed should come to whom the promise was made, it being 2ordained through dangels in the hand of a 3emediator.
20 But a 1amediator is not a mediator for one, but God is bone.
21 Is then the law against the promises of God? aAbsolutely not! For if a law had been given which was able to 1give life, 2brighteousness would have indeed been of law.
22 But the Scripture has 1ashut up 2all under bsin in order that the cpromise out of 3dfaith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who ebelieve.
23 But before 1afaith came we were 2bguarded cunder law, being 3dshut up 4unto the 1afaith which was to be revealed.
24 So then the alaw has become our 1child-conductor unto bChrist that we might be justified out of cfaith.
25 But since afaith has come, we are 1no longer bunder a child-conductor.
26 For you are all 1asons of God through 2bfaith cin Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as were abaptized 1into Christ have bput on Christ.
28 There 1cannot be 2aJew nor Greek, there cannot be 3slave nor free man, there cannot be 4bmale and female; for you are all 5cone din Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are of aChrist, then you are 1Abraham's bseed, cheirs according to 2dpromise.