Brothers, I'm using a human illustration.a No one sets aside even a human covenant that has been ratified, or makes additions to it.
Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say "and to seeds," as though referring to many, but and to your seed, b referring to one, who is Christ.
And I say this: the law, which came 430 years later, does not revoke a covenant that was previously ratified by God,c so as to cancel the promise.
For if the inheritance is from the law, it is no longer from the promise; but God granted it to Abraham through the promise.
Why the law then? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. [The law] was ordered through angels by means of a mediator.
Now a mediator is not for just one person, but God is one.
Is the law therefore contrary to God's promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law.
But the Scripture has imprisoned everything under sin's power,d so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed.
The law, then, was our guardiane described such a slave. This slave was not a teacher. until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith.
But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,f described such a slave. This slave was not a teacher.