Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy Seed, which is the Messiah. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in the Messiah, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added (spoken) because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a Mediator. Now a Mediator is not a Mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus the Messiah might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto the Messiah, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (Galatians 3).
The most precious message that Sister White endorsed of Jones and Waggoner taught that the Schoolmaster was moral law, not just ceremonial law, and that its purpose was to bring us to the Messiah where we receive precious grace. That need still exists today. If Messiah’s character (transcribed in His Law) were perfectly replicated in us, we would not be here right now. But the faith of Jesus–the fulfilment of the Third Angel’s Message in verity– has not come into our hearts to fulfill the righteousness of the Law, therefore the Messiah has not come to fulfill His promise to give us the Promised Land. Therefore, we still need an external law to bring us to the Messiah. The glad tidings is that the Law came that grace would much more abound from where the Law points out our sins (Rom. 5:20).
Without the Law there can be no grace. As long as we are under sin, we are under the Law–the Schoolmaster–in need of a Saviour from sin. The Law then brings us unto the Messiah that we may receive His grace. The problem is that we have not yet fully received His grace, because we are still in this sinful world sinning. The Seed of Abraham, the Messiah, will come when there is no more need of grace, hence no more need of the Law, the Schoolmaster.
The dispensational theology of part or all of the Law being abolished at the cross is still prevalent among us and we need to study more closely the 1888 gospel message, which involves a clear understanding of the Law and the covenants. None of the Law was abolished but the sin and death–the “enmity” (Eph. 2:15)–that the Law’s morality and ceremonies point to, hence “the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2). The Law itself, when it is fulfilled in the Messiah, is holy, just, and good, including ceremonial. It remains forever–not in its external form (which will not be needed once the Seed comes) but in its fulfilled, internal form in the Seed, the Messiah. He will forever fulfill the sacrificial role shadowed in the ceremonial law (which the ceremonies could never fulfill) and in the festivals that the ceremonies connected to (which we will observe throughout eternity to celebrate the finished work). And He will always be the Source of morality according to the moral precepts shadowed in the words in stone which will soon pass away as our Schoolmaster (for the shadowy words in stone could never fulfill what they declare to be righteousness). Read 1 Cor. 13. Once the Schoolmaster has brought us to the Messiah, we are matured in Him, perfected in His love. This is the true gospel. The same Law and the same gospel at Sinai applies today until the Seed comes, then all will be fulfilled.
Once the Law is sealed in our hearts as a people then it will no longer function as our Schoolmaster to bring us to the Messiah. But until then, we need to study it. It was never meant to give us righteousness, but we need to study the sanctuary and the moral precepts in order to know what righteousness is. Then we attain this righteousness in the Messiah who has already given it to us. The Covenant has not been fulfilled yet in us, for its promise is the inheritance of the eternal Canaan. The Messiah is not yet free to enjoy it because He is still serving for our sins. His Law is sealed in His own heart, but until it is sealed into the hearts of His people who He is connected to, it is unfulfilled. This is what our evangelical friends cannot understand. They don’t understand why we are still here and the Messiah has not returned, because they still believe that it was all fulfilled 2000 years ago!
“This [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith YAHUAH, I will put my torah in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jer. 31:33).
The Glad Tidings by E.J. Waggoner (156-158):
It needs not many words now to determine what is meant by the phrase, “till the seed should come to whom the promise was made.”
We know what the seed is,–all who are Christ’s,–and we know that it has not yet come in its fullness. To be sure, Christ was once manifested on earth in the flesh, but He did not receive the promised inheritance, any more than Abraham did. Abraham had not so much as to put his foot on (Acts 7:5), and Christ had not where to lay His head. Moreover, Christ can not come into the inheritance until Abraham does also, for the promise was “to Abraham and to his seed”…
So Christ sits on His Father’s throne, “from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.” Soon will He come, but not until the last soul has accepted Him that can by any possibility be induced to accept salvation. Those who are led by the Spirit of God, are the sons of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, so that Christ can not come into the inheritance before they do. The seed is one, not divided. When He comes to execute judgment, and to slay those who said, “We will not have this Man to reign over us,” He comes “with ten thousands of His holy ones.” Jude 14.
Then will the seed be complete, and the promise will be fulfilled. And until that time the law will faithfully perform its task of stirring up and pricking the consciences of sinners, giving them no rest until they become identified with Christ, or cast Him off altogether. Do you accept the terms? Will you cease your complaints against the law which would save you from sinking into a fatal sleep? And will you in Christ accept its righteousness? Then, as Abraham’s seed, and an heir according to the promise, you can rejoice in your freedom from the bondage of sin, singing:– “I’m the child of a King, The child of a King, With Jesus my Saviour, I’m the child of a King.”
“Read now, in the nineteenth verse of the third chapter, that the law was spoken because of transgression, “till the seed should come to whom the promise was made.” What do we learn from that?–Simply this, that the law as spoken from Sinai, without the change of a single letter, is an integral part of the Gospel, and must be presented in the Gospel until the second coming of Christ, at the end of the world. “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law.” And what of the time when heaven and earth pass, and the new heaven and the new earth come?–Then the law will not be needed written in a book, for men to preach to sinners, showing them their sins, for it will be in the heart of every man. Heb.8:10,11. Done away?–Not by any means; but indelibly engraved in the heart of every individual, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God” (ibid. 162).