Galatians 3 New American Standard Bible

The Spirit Received through Faith

3 You foolish Galatians , who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified ? 2  This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law , or by hearing with faith ? 3  Are you so foolish ? Having begun by the Spirit , are you now being perfected by the flesh ? 4  Did you suffer so many things in vain - if indeed e it was in vain ? 5  So then , does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law , or by hearing with faith ?

God's Covenant with Abraham

6  Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD , AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS . 7  Therefore , be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham . 8  The Scripture , foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith , preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham , saying, " ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU. 9  So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham , the believer . 10  For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse ; for it is written , " CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW , TO PERFORM 11  Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident ; for, " THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH ." 12  However , the Law is not of faith ; on the contrary , " HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM." 13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law , having become a curse for us-for it is written , " CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE "- 14  in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles , so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith . 15  Brethren , I speak in terms of human relations : even though it is only a man's covenant , yet when it has been ratified , no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16  Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed . He does not say , "And to seeds ," as referring to many , but rather to one , " And to your seed ," that is, Christ . 17  What I am saying is this : the Law , which came four hundred and thirty years later , does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God , so as to nullify the promise . 18  For if the inheritance is based on law , it is no longer based on a promise ; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise .

The Purpose of the Law

19  Why the Law then ? It was added because of transgressions , having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator , until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made . 20  Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one . 21  Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God ? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life , then righteousness would indeed have been based on law . 22  But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin , so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe . 23  But before faith came , we were kept in custody under the law , being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed . 24  Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ , so that we may be justified by faith . 25  But now that faith has come , we are no longer under a tutor . 26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus . 27  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ . 28  There is neither e Jew nor Greek , there is neither e slave nor free man , there is neither e male nor female ; for you are all one in Christ Jesus . 29  And if you belong to Christ , then you are Abraham's descendants , heirs according to promise .

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