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, Paulâ€™s argument in this letter, coming so early in the New Testament age, is crucial; it is the â€˜benchmarkâ€™ for the doctrine of the law. 2 Before we start, however, just a word or two on â€˜the lawâ€™ as used by the apostle in this short letter. It is sometimes claimed that Paul started with one meaning, then switched â€“ without any explanation or hint of it â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€˜the lawâ€™, he meant â€˜the lawâ€™, 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!