14That the blessing of Abraham might comeon the GentilesthroughJesusChrist;that we might receive the promise of the Spiritthroughfaith.15Brethren, I speak after the manner ofmen; Though it be but a man'scovenant,a yet if it be confirmed , no mandisannulleth , or addeth thereto .
16Now to Abrahamandhisseedwere the promisesmade . He saithnot,And to seeds,asofmany;butasofone,And to thyseed,whichisChrist.17Andthis I say , that the covenant, that was confirmed beforeofGodinChrist, the law, which was four hundredandthirtyyearsafter,cannotdisannul , that it should make the promise of none effect .
18Forif the inheritance be of the law, it is no moreofpromise:butGodgave it to Abrahambypromise.19Whereforethen serveth the law? It was added because oftransgressions,tilltheseed should come to whom the promise was made ; and it was ordainedbyangelsin the hand of a mediator.20Now a mediatorisnot a mediator of one,butGodisone.21
Is the lawthenagainst the promises of God? God forbid : forif there had been a lawgivenwhichcould have given life , verilyrighteousnessshould have beenby the law.22But the scripture hath concludedallundersin,that the promisebyfaith of JesusChrist might be given to them that believe .
23Butbeforefaithcame , we were keptunder the law, shut upunto the faith which should afterwards be revealed .
24Wherefore the lawwasourschoolmaster to bring us untoChrist,that we might be justifiedbyfaith.