3Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross.G5599G453G1052G5101G940G5209G3982G3361G3982G225G2596G3739G3788G2424G5547G4270G4717G1722G5213 2Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ.G5124G3440G2309G3129G575G5216G2983G4151G1537G2041G3551G2228G1537G189G4102 3How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?G2075G3779G453G1728G4151G2005G3568G2005G4561 4Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?G3958G5118G1500G1489G2532G1500 5I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.G3767G2023G5213G4151G2532G1754G1411G1722G5213G1537G2041G3551G2228G1537G189G4102 6In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”G2531G11G4100G2316G2532G3049G846G1519G1343 7The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.G1097G686G3754G1537G4102G3778G1526G5207G11 8What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.”G1161G1124G4275G3754G2316G1344G1484G1537G4102G4283G11G3754G1722G4671G1757G3956G1484G1757 9So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.G5620G1537G4102G2127G4862G4103G11 10But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”G1063G3745G1526G1537G2041G3551G1526G5259G2671G1063G1125G1944G3956G3739G1696G3756G1722G3956G3588G1125G1722G975G3551G4160G846 11So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”G1161G3754G3762G1344G1722G3551G3844G2316G1212G3754G1342G2198G1537G4102 12This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”G1161G3551G2076G3756G1537G4102G235G444G4160G846G2198G1722G846 13But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”G5547G1805G2248G1537G2671G3551G1096G2671G5228G2257G1063G1125G1944G3956G2910G1909G3586 14Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.G2443G2129G11G1096G1519G1484G1722G2424G5547G2443G2983G1860G4151G1223G4102 15Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case.G80G3004G2596G444G3676G444G1242G2964G3762G114G2228G1928 16God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child”—and that, of course, means Christ.G1161G11G2532G846G4690G4483G1860G4483G3004G3756G2532G4690G5613G1909G4183G235G5613G1909G1520G2532G4675G4690G3739G2076G5547 17This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise.G1161G5124G3004G1242G4300G5259G2316G1519G5547G3551G1096G5071G2532G5144G2094G3326G3756G208G1519G2673G1860G2673 18For if the inheritance could be received by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God graciously gave it to Abraham as a promise.G1063G1487G2817G1537G3551G3765G1537G1860G1161G2316G5483G11G1223G1860 19Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.G5101G3767G3551G4369G5484G3847G891G3739G4690G2064G3739G1861G1299G1223G32G1722G5495G3316 20Now a mediator is helpful if more than one party must reach an agreement. But God, who is one, did not use a mediator when he gave his promise to Abraham.G1161G3316G2076G3756G1520G1161G2316G2076G1520 21Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it.G3551G3767G2596G1860G2316G3361G1096G1063G1487G1325G3551G1325G3588G1410G2227G3689G1343G302G2258G1537G3551 22But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.G235G1124G4788G3956G5259G266G2443G1860G1537G4102G2424G5547G1325G4100 23Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.G1161G4253G4102G2064G5432G5259G3551G4788G1519G4102G3195G601 24Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.G5620G3551G1096G2257G3807G1519G5547G2443G1344G1537G4102 25And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.G1161G4102G2064G2070G2089G3765G5259G3807 26For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.G1063G2075G3956G5207G2316G1223G4102G1722G5547G2424 27And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.G1063G3745G907G1519G5547G1746G5547 28There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.G1762G3756G2453G3761G1672G1762G3756G1401G3761G1658G1762G3756G730G2532G2338G1063G5210G2075G3956G1520G1722G5547G2424 29And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.G1161G1487G5210G5547G686G2075G11G4690G2532G2818G2596G1860
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