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Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not!
For if a law had been given that could give life,
then righteousness would indeed be by the law.
But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin,
so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law,
imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.
So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came,
in order that we might be justified by faith.
If the law do not justify, to what end doth it serve ? Although it justifieth not, yet it is profitable and necessary. For first it civilly restraineth such as are carnal, rebellious, and obstinate. Also it is a glass that showeth unto a man himself, that he is a sinner, guilty of death, and worthy of God’s indignation and wrath. To what end serveth this humbling and bruising ? To the end that we have an entrance into grace. So then the law is a minister that prepareth the way to grace. For God is the God of the humble, the afflicted, the oppressed, and of those who are brought even to nothing : and His nature is to exalt the humble, to feed the hungry, to give sight to the blind, to comfort the broken-hearted, to justify sinners, to quicken the dead, and to save the lost. For He is an Almighty Creator, making all things of nothing.
– Martin Luther (Commentary on Galatians)