151Brethren, 2I speakain terms of humanrelations: 3eventhough it is only a man'sbcovenant, yet when it has been ratified, noonesets it asideoraddscconditions to it.
16Now the promises were spoken4to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "5And to your seed," that is, Christ.
What I am saying is this: the Law, which came6fourhundred and thirtyyearslater, does not invalidate a covenantpreviouslyratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.
For 7if the inheritance is dbased on law, it is nolongerebased on a promise; but 8God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
199Why the Lawthen? It was addedfbecause of transgressions, having been 10ordainedthroughangels11by the gagency of a mediator, until12the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
20Now13a mediator is not hfor one party only; whereasGod is only one.
Is the Lawthencontrary to the promises of God? 14May it never be! For 15if a law had been given which was able to impartlife, then righteousnessiwould indeed have beenjbased on law.
But the Scripture has 16shut up keveryoneundersin, so that the promise by faith in JesusChrist might be given to those who believe.
But beforefaithcame, we were kept in custodyunder the law, 17being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.
24Therefore the Law has become our 18tutor to lead us to Christ, so that 19we may be justified by faith.
But now that faith has come, we are nolongerunder a l20tutor.