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Chapter 3

1You senseless Galatians! Who has bewitched you, when you had Jesus Christ shown crucified right before your eyes? 2This is all I want to ask you: Did you receive the Spirit through doing what the Law commands, or through believing the message you heard? 3Are you so senseless? Did you begin with the Spirit only to end now with the flesh? 4Have you gone through so much, all for nothing?—if it really is for nothing! 5When he supplies you with the Spirit and works wonders among you, is it because you do what the Law commands, or because you believe the message you heard? 6Just as Abraham had faith in God and it was credited to him as uprightness.

7So you see, the real descendants of Abraham are the men of faith. 8The Scripture foresaw that God would accept the heathen as upright in consequence of their faith, and preached the good news in advance to Abraham in the words, “All the heathen will be blessed through you.” 9So the men of faith share the blessing of Abraham and his faith.

10For there is a curse upon all who rely on obedience to the Law, for the Scripture says, “Cursed be anyone who does not stand by everything that is written in the Book of the Law and obey it.” 11That no one is accepted as upright by God for obeying the Law is evident because the upright will have life because of his faith, 12and the Law has nothing to do with faith; it teaches that it is the man who does these things that will find life by doing them. 13Christ ransomed us from the Law’s curse by taking our curse upon himself (for the Scripture says, “Cursed be anyone who is hung on a tree”) 14in order that the blessing given to Abraham might through Jesus Christ reach the heathen, so that through faith we might receive the promised Spirit.

15To take an illustration, brothers, from daily life: even a human agreement, once ratified, no one annuls or alters. 16Now the promises were made to Abraham and his line. It does not say, “and to your lines,” in the plural, but in the singular, “and to your line,” that is, Christ. 17My point is this: An agreement already ratified by God cannot be annulled and its promise canceled by the Law, which arose four hundred and thirty years later. 18If our inheritance rests on the Law, it has nothing to do with the promise. Yet it was as a promise that God bestowed it upon Abraham.

19Then what about the Law? It was a later addition, designed to produce transgressions, until the descendant to which the promise was made should come, and it was enacted by means of angels, through an intermediary; 20though an intermediary implies more than one party, while God is but one. 21Is the Law then contrary to God’s promises? By no means. For if a law had been given that could have brought life, uprightness would really have come through law. 22But the Scripture describes all mankind as the prisoners of sin, so that the promised blessing might on the ground of faith in Jesus Christ be given to those who have faith.

23But before this faith came, we were kept shut up under the Law, in order to obtain the faith that was to be revealed. 24So the Law has been our attendant on our way to Christ, so that we might be made upright through faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer in the charge of the attendant.

26For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through your faith. 27For all of you who have been baptized into union with Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no room for “Jew” and “Greek”; there is no room for “slave” and “freeman”; there is no room for “male” and “female”; for in union with Christ Jesus you are all one. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are true descendants of Abraham and his heirs under the promise.

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