154To give a human example, brothers:b5even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.
Now 6the promises were made 7to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "And to offsprings," referring to many, but referring to one, 8"And to your offspring," who is Christ.
This is what I mean: the law, which came years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as 9to make the promise void.
For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but 10God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
Why then the law? 11It was added because of transgressions, 12until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was 13put in place through angels 14by an intermediary.
Now 15an intermediary implies more than one, but 16God is one.
Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For 17if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.
But the Scripture 18imprisoned everything under sin, so that 19the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given 20to those who believe.
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, 21imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.
So then, 22the law was our 23guardian until Christ came, 24in order that we might be justified by faith.