Because of its importance in the debate on the believer and the law, I am taking Galatians out of biblical order. 1 The fact is, Paul’s argument in this letter, coming so early in the New Testament age, is crucial; it is the ‘benchmark’ for the doctrine of the law. 2 Before we start, however, just a word or two on ‘the law’ as used by the apostle in this short letter. It is sometimes claimed that Paul started with one meaning, then switched – without any explanation or hint of it – to a new meaning for a few paragraphs, and then switched back again. Or else, as I will show, Reformed writers frequently add one or other of their usual glosses. This, of course, proves useful in their efforts to fit certain Galatian passages into their system – passages which they would otherwise find worse than awkward. The fact is, however, throughout Galatians (thirty- two times), with only three (obvious) exceptions, 3 when Paul used ‘the law’, he meant ‘the law’, the entire law, the law of Moses (including the ten commandments), as at least some Reformed writers recognise. Let us proceed, reader, on this basis. And let us stick to it! Let us allow Paul to tell us what he meant!
The Biblical Case Presented! Within this huge chapter are a huge number of biblical arguments for the author's belief. I didn't think I'd manage to listen to it all (it is over three hours long) but by God's grace I heard every word and considered every argument. One particular wrongful use of the law has come about because of an incorrect translation in many Bibles of Galatians 3:24.
For those who love the book of Galatians, and are concerned about law, grace, and the Judaizers, this chapter will give you all you need on the subject.