Galatians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 3

1-4 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain? If indeed it was in vain.

5-9 Therefore, he who ministers the Spirit to you, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know you therefore that they who are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you shall all nations be blessed. So then those who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10-12 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by them.

13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

15-18 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no man annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He did not say, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to your seed, who is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before by God in Christ, and the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant and make the promise of no effect. If the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19-20 Therefore, then what purpose does the law serve? It was added 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.

21-25 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid. If there had been a law given which could have given life, surely righteousness would have been by the law. But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, kept for the faith which should afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

26-29 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as having been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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