Moses writes: “Thus he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you, that is, the Ten Commandments; and he wrote them on two tablets of stone” (Deuteronomy 4:13; see Exodus 34:28). Even without this evidence, it is very clear that Paul is referring to both covenants, not just what we would consider the law itself. A number of words – Hebrew and Greek – are translated into this single English word sin. A general element present in every sin, regardless of the word used, is failure. Sin is synonymous with failure. It is the failure to apply or meet the standard of what is right. This is why John says that all wrongdoing is a failure, but some failures are much more serious than others. Most of this idea comes specifically from what is written in Galatians 3, and the conventional doctrine of “non-law” generally goes in the following directions: In Galatians 3:14-18, Paul shows how our salvation through faith in Christ is a fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham 430 years before Israel`s exodus from Egypt and the abandonment of the Law. The Apostle emphasizes that our inheritance of promise does not come from the law. “For if inheritance is of the law, it is no longer promising; but God gave it to Abraham by promise” (verse 18). However, there are a number of problems with this explanation. First, Paul`s writings show very little evidence that he recognized a clearly defined distinction between “spiritual law” and “ceremonial law.” Certainly, he distinguished between the law of circumcision and the other commandments, as in 1.

Corinthians 7:19, where he writes, “Circumcision is nothing, and circumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what counts.” But when he deals with circumcision, he treats the subject more from the point of view that its spiritual symbolism was fulfilled during conversion and baptism (Colossians 2:11-13) than from the point of view that circumcision belongs to another body of non-binding law. The answer he gives is a key to understanding everything he says in Galatians: “It was added because of transgressions, until the seed came, to whom the promise was given.” “It was added” means that the covenant with Moses was in addition to what God had done with Abraham. But what “transgressions”? Abraham obeyed all of God`s laws, commandments, statutes, and ordinances (Genesis 26:5). He taught Isaac the laws of God, who taught him Jacob. However, after Israel was in Egypt for many years, they forgot them and lived from them in ignorant transgression. Having absorbed so much Egyptian culture during their stay, they knew nothing even about the Sabbath. Paul explains that God “added” the Old Covenant because Israel had gone so far in sin when they lived in Egypt. Today`s world is in an immoral frenzy, much like in ancient Rome. Before the fall of Rome, its norms were abandoned, the family disintegrated, divorce prevailed, immorality was rampant, and faith was at an all-time low. We are in a hedonistic society, and what we see is human nature expressing itself without God. While we often think of external rebellion as a sin, we do not look within.

America`s compulsion to “maximum personality” is evident everywhere. Few books of the Bible have caused as much controversy as Paul`s letter to the Galatians. One source estimates that there are up to 300 published interpretations of this letter. As we all know, some have used Galatians to claim that the Ten Commandments and other Old Testament laws are no longer in effect and that we live only on what is written in the New Testament. On this erroneous basis, they teach that we need not keep the Sabbath or the holy days. Then Paul writes, “What is the purpose of the law? It was added for transgressions until the seed to whom the promise was given came; and he was appointed by the angels by the hand of a mediator” (verse 19). Proponents of “non-law” point to this scripture and claim that Paul concludes that the law was in effect only until Christ`s coming, and now we no longer have to keep it. Verses 24-25 seem to confirm this doctrine: “Therefore the law has been our guardian to bring us unto Christ, that we may be justified by faith.

But once faith comes, we are no longer under the tutelage of a tutor. To sigh and weep over Israel`s abominations, of course, we must know what sin is and what God considers abominable. The apostle John tells us that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). In Romans 3:20, Paul teaches us that “by the law is the knowledge of sin.” In Romans 7:7, he thinks he “knew sin only by the law.” So we need to know God`s law to correctly identify sin. We respect the law. We really do. Almost always. But sometimes we know better than the law. We are smart people, and we can decide responsibly when we are irresponsible.

Sometimes it`s good not to stick to it. To think, Ah, what the hell. Think about it. To think that I am an obedient citizen almost all my life and too bad if I do not deserve a concert from time to time. This word “transgression” could be translated as “anarchy”.1. John 3:4 speaks of transgressions against Almighty God. Historically, God`s church explained that in Galatians 3:19, Paul spoke of the “ceremonial law” and not of God`s spiritual law. God says that He did not command the Israelites to follow a system of sacrifices when He brought them out of Egypt, but to keep His spiritual laws (Jeremiah 7:21-23). After the Israelites showed that they were unwilling to obey His spiritual laws, God “added” the laws of animal sacrifice, washing, and offerings to the pre-existing law of circumcision to remind people that they needed a Savior.

So Paul said that it was this law on these physical rituals that was “added for transgressions.” Driving drunk on a scooter is much more exciting than driving in a car, but it`s also the dumbest thing you can do. However, I wasn`t too afraid of dying. My fear was that if I died, if I drove a 150cc scooter, how pathetic and embarrassing it would be. This obituary would not make me proud. (It`s like the old joke about what mopeds and fat girls have in common.) Anyway, as I waited for the traffic light to turn green, I realized that if a policeman saw me, I would be sprayed. And what do you know? When the light changed, the red and white tones began to flash. 1 John 3:4 says, “Sin is the transgression of the law.” We must define transgression. Transgression means “to go beyond the border”, “to rape”, which gives us a broad basis of understanding. Sin, therefore, can be defined as “going beyond the limits of what the law allows.” Justice means applying the letter and/or intent of the law! Galatians 3 has nothing directly to do with the so-called “ceremonial law.” These include the adoption of the Old Covenant (Hebrews 8:13), the elimination of the rules and regulations that separated Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:11-22), and the admission of Gentiles into the church as equal heirs to God`s promises (Romans 4). Paul shows that the Old Covenant was a temporary addition to the covenant made with Abraham. This was necessitated by Israel`s transgressions of God`s holy laws, which have been fully in effect since creation – AND STILL ARE! What does Paul say in these verses? Does he really mean that we no longer have to worry about what is written in God`s law—the law that David said was so precious to him that it was “better to me than thousands of shekels of gold and silver” (Psalm 119:72)? Are we no longer to obey the law, which Paul himself said was “spiritual” (Romans 7:14) and “holy, righteous, and good” (verse 12)? Does that make sense? We must remember that Paul wrote this mid-first century letter in a very different historical and cultural context from our own. Problems remained with the apostles` efforts to integrate the Gentiles into what many saw as the Jewish church.

Some Pharisees were still angry because the Gentiles were neither circumcised nor conforming to the customs of Judaism. Paul felt he had to write this letter because some of these factions prevented the people of the Galatian church from trusting Christ as justification, which led them to place their trust in legalism and customs such as circumcision. So what does Paul say in these controversial verses? To understand the meaning of what Paul writes in Galatians, we need to understand the historical and cultural context of the book and the main reasons why he felt compelled to write to the Christians of Galatians.