Dude. Digging Galatians. Besides the fact that Paul seems to be like, “Cephas? What Cephas? What do I care that he is highly regarded? I met him a few times and besides getting a friend in Christ didn’t get much out of it—certainly not any improvement of my gospel—because I had met Christ.
So besides shrugging at the “pillars” once he surveys them, he says this amazingly cool thing at 3:22—this crazy beautiful image of sin and law and promise:
The promises of God are not locked inside the Law. The promises of God are locked inside Sin.
“…., so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”
Everything is locked up inside Sin: law, promises, Jesus, ourself: our Jesus-self; our only true self; the child-self I am always meant to be.
These are the same. To have Jesus, to receive him, is to have them all.
Using the law to get at righteousness—which IS lawfulness; which IS obedience to the law of God; which IS believing in the Jesus who best loved God’s laws—is like using wheat to harvest wheat, or using a silo built of last years’s seed to store this year’s. It is inherently inefficient and breaks what it was meant to keep.
Laws do not rid anyone or any world of wrong. Laws, in fact, increase them.
A child who knows no laws, knows no wrong. Because what he does or does not do is not based and bathed in conscious morality. He indeed has an unconscious morality—one below his intellect in a land flowing with milk and honey; a land without reason but full of sense; a land free of logic or concepts or doctrine or theology or philosophy but full of love--therefore truly free. What the child ignorant of law does is bathed and based in a great mystery. A child smiling at a flower and bringing the little blossom-thought of God to his mother to look into somehow, without knowing it, knows goodness. As soon as he becomes aware that he may break the laws in his kingdom and chooses thus—he somehow shuts his eyes.