The Law and the Promise
To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many,
but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes
by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
This verse in Galatians is crucial to understanding the covenant made with Abraham. Offspring is singular and not plural.
It is often interpreted as plural, that is as many offsprings, but there is only one offspring and that is Jesus Christ. We need to keep in mind the order that things happened. First came the covenant with Abraham, then 430 years later came the
law. The covenant was made by a promise, not fulfillment of the law.
I pray: O Lord, Jesus Christ is our one and only Savior. He is the promised offspring of Abraham. Help us to keep
our eyes on the Savior, our Messiah. Amen.