Bible: Galatians 3:1-14

Justification by Law or by Faith?

3:1 You 1  foolish Galatians! Who has cast a spell 2  on you? Before your eyes Jesus Christ was vividly portrayed 3  as crucified! 3:2 The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law 4  or by believing what you heard? 5  3:3 Are you so foolish? Although you began 6  with 7  the Spirit, are you now trying to finish 8  by human effort? 9  3:4 Have you suffered so many things for nothing? – if indeed it was for nothing. 3:5 Does God then give 10  you the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law 11  or by your believing what you heard? 12 

3:6 Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, 13  3:7 so then, understand 14  that those who believe are the sons of Abraham. 15  3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham ahead of time, 16  saying, “All the nations 17  will be blessed in you.” 18  3:9 So then those who believe 19  are blessed along with Abraham the believer. 3:10 For all who 20  rely on doing the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the book of the law.” 21  3:11 Now it is clear no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous one will live by faith. 22  3:12 But the law is not based on faith, 23  but the one who does the works of the law 24  will live by them. 25  3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming 26  a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree) 27  3:14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles, 28  so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.

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