The Law Itself Could Not Create Faith, Hope or Love…

While upholding the continuity of faith in Christ from Abraham (indeed, from Adam and Eve after the fall) to the present, the New Testament also announces that something new has dawned.  The law itself could not create faith, hope, or love but because of sin could only place the world in prison awaiting the redeemer (Galatians 3:22-23) or under a guardian awaiting its maturity in order to receive the inheritance (Galatians 3:24).  In the Old Testament, as in the New, it was only the promise of the Messiah that kept faith alive.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 121-122

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