Galatians 31 O inconsiderate Galatians! who has deceived you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ crucified, was evidently represented among you? 2 This, only, I wish to learn from you, did you receive the Spirit by works of law, or by obedience of faith? 3 Are you so inconsiderate that, having begun in Spirit, you are now made perfect in flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain? if, indeed, it is in vain? 5 He, then, who ministered to you the Spirit, and wrought miracles among you, did he these by works of law, or by a hearing of faith? 6 even as Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness; 7 know, therefore, that they who are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. 8 For the scripture, foreshowing that God would justify the nations by faith, formerly announced the gospel to Abraham, saying , "Surely in you shall all the nations be blessed." 9 Wherefore, they who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. 10 But as many as are of works of law, are under the curse: for it is written, "Accursed is every one who continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them." 11 Besides, that by law no one is justified before God is manifest: "For the just by faith shall live." 12 Now, the law is not of faith; but he who does these things, shall live by them. 13 Christ has bought us off from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us: (for it is written, "Accursed is every one who is hanged on a tree":) 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the nations through Christ Jesus; and that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men: no one sets aside, or alters a man's Will, after it is ratified. 16 Now, to Abraham were the promises spoken, and to his seed. He does not say, "And in seeds," as concerning many; but as concerning one person, "And in your see," who is Christ. 17 Wherefore, this I affirm, that the Will which was before ratified by God concerning Christ, the law, which was made four hundred and thirty years after can not annul, so as to abolish the promise. 18 Besides, if the inheritance be by law, it is no longer by promise. But God bestowed it freely on Abraham by promise. 19 Why, then, the law? It was added on account of transgression, till the seed should come to whom it was promised; being ordained by messengers, in the hand of a Mediator; 20 and the Mediator is not one party ; but God is one party . 21 Is the law, then, contrary to the promise of God? By no means. For if there had been a law given, which was able to make alive, certainly righteousness would have been by law. 22 But the scripture has shut up together all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 Wherefore, before faith came, we were kept in durance under law, shut up together to the faith, which should afterward be revealed. 24 So that the law has become our instructor to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But faith being come, we are no longer under this instructor. 26 For you are all the sons of God through the faith by Christ Jesus. 27 Besides, as many of you have been immersed into Christ, have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bondman nor freeman, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, certainly you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
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