THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
C. The Spirit by Faith in Christ
versus the Flesh by Works of Law
1. The Spirit Being the Blessing of the Promise
by Faith in Christ
1 O foolish aGalatians, bwho has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly portrayed 1ccrucified?
2 This only I wish to learn from you, Did you 1receive the 2aSpirit out of the 3bworks of law or out of the 3chearing of dfaith?
3 Are you so foolish? Having 1begun by the 2Spirit, are you now being 1perfected by the 2aflesh?
4 Have you 1asuffered so many things bin vain, if indeed it was in vain?
5 He therefore who 1bountifully asupplies to you the 2bSpirit and 3cdoes works of power among you, does He do it out of the 4dworks of law or out of the hearing of faith?
6 Even as 1a"Abraham bbelieved God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.''
7 Know then that they who are of 1afaith, these are 2bsons of Abraham.
8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would ajustify the Gentiles out of faith, announced the 1gospel beforehand to Abraham: b"In you shall all the nations be cblessed.''
9 So then they who are of 1afaith are 2blessed with 3believing Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the aworks of law are under a 1bcurse; for it is written, c"Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things written in the book of the law to do them.''
11 And that 1by law ano one is justified before God is evident because, b"The righteous one shall have life and clive 2by faith'';
12 But the law is not of faith, yet, a"He who does them shall live 1because of them.''
13 Christ has aredeemed us out of the bcurse of the law, having 1become a curse on our behalf; because it is written, c"Cursed is every one hanging on a 2dtree'';
14 In order that the 1ablessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles bin Christ Jesus, that we might 2creceive the dpromise of the 3eSpirit through ffaith.
2. The Law Being the Custodian
of the Heirs of the Promise
15 Brothers, I speak aaccording to man, though it is a man's covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one nullifies it or makes additions to it.
16 But ato Abraham were the bpromises spoken and cto his seed. He does not say, "And to the seeds,'' as concerning many, but as concerning one: "And to your dseed,'' who is 1eChrist.
17 And I say this: A 1covenant previously ratified by God, the 2law, having come 3afour hundred and thirty years after, does not annul so as to make the bpromise of none effect.
18 For if the 1ainheritance is of law, it is no longer of promise; but to Abraham God has graciously given it through bpromise.
19 Why then the alaw? It was 1added because of the btransgressions until the cseed should come to whom the promise was made, it being 2ordained through dangels in the hand of a 3emediator.
20 But a 1amediator is not a mediator for one, but God is bone.
21 Is then the law against the promises of God? aAbsolutely not! For if a law had been given which was able to 1give life, 2brighteousness would have indeed been of law.
22 But the Scripture has 1ashut up 2all under bsin in order that the cpromise out of 3dfaith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who ebelieve.
23 But before 1afaith came we were 2bguarded cunder law, being 3dshut up 4unto the 1afaith which was to be revealed.
24 So then the alaw has become our 1child-conductor unto bChrist that we might be justified out of cfaith.
25 But since afaith has come, we are 1no longer bunder a child-conductor.
26 For you are all 1asons of God through 2bfaith cin Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as were abaptized 1into Christ have bput on Christ.
28 There 1cannot be 2aJew nor Greek, there cannot be 3slave nor free man, there cannot be 4bmale and female; for you are all 5cone din Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are of aChrist, then you are 1Abraham's bseed, cheirs according to 2dpromise.