154Brethren, 5I speakbin terms of humanrelations : 6eventhough it is only a man'sccovenant, yet when it has been ratified, noonesets it asideoraddsdconditions to it.
16Now the promises were spoken7to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "8And to your seed," that is, Christ.
What I am saying is this : the Law, which came9fourhundred and thirtyyearslater, does not invalidate a covenantpreviouslyratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.
For 10if the inheritance is ebased on law, it is nolongerfbased on a promise ; but 11God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
1912Why the Lawthen ? It was addedgbecause of transgressions, having been 13ordainedthroughangels14by the hagency of a mediator, until15the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
20Now16a mediator is not ifor one party only; whereasGod is only one.
Is the Lawthencontrary to the promises of God ? 17May it never be! For 18if a law had been given which was able to impartlife, then righteousnessjwould indeed have beenkbased on law.
But the Scripture has 19shut up leveryoneundersin, so that the promise by faith in JesusChrist might be given to those who believe.
But beforefaithcame, we were kept in custodyunder the law, 20being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.
24Therefore the Law has become our 21tutor to lead us to Christ, so that 22we may be justified by faith.