GALATIANS CHAPTER THREE
1 Foolish Galatians! Who’s bewitched you? In
Front of your eyes, Christ Jesus was portrayed
As crucified. 2 I’d like to learn one thing
From you: Did you receive the Spirit by
The works of law, or by believing what
You heard? 3 Are you so idiotic? You
Have started with the Spirit− are you now
Trying to gain your goal by work and sweat?
4 You’ve suffered greatly for the Gospel− was
It all for nothing? 5 Does the Lord provide
You with his Spirit and work miracles
Among you due to your observance of
The law, or due to your belief in what
You heard? 6 Thus Abraham put faith in God,
And it was credited as righteousness
To him.” 7 From this you see that Abraham’s
Children are those who put their faith in God.
8 The Scripture, looking forward, saw that God
Would justify the Gentiles by their faith.
The Lord told Abraham about this long
Ago when he said, “All the nations will
Be blessed through you.” 9 So those with faith are blessed
Along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 All who rely on following the law
Are underneath the curse of God, for it
Is written: “Cursed is everyone who does
Not keep on doing all that’s written in
The Book of Law.” 11 It’s evident that no
One’s justified before the Lord by law,
Because, “The just will live by faith.” 12 The law’s
Not based on faith; for on the contrary,
“The man who does these things will live by them.”
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of law,
Being a curse on our behalf, for it
Is written: “Cursed is everyone who is
Hung on a tree,” 14 and he redeemed us so
The blessing given Abraham might reach
The Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so by faith
We might receive the Spirit’s promise. 15 Dear
Brothers, in daily life a promise made
By one man to another, if it is
Written and signed, cannot be altered. That
Principle holds true in the present case.
16 The promises were told to Abraham
And to his seed. The Scripture does not say
“To seeds,” to stand for many people, but
“And to your seed,” which means one person, who
Is Christ. 17 Here’s what I mean: Four hundred thirty
Years later, when the law was introduced,
It did not set aside the covenant
Which God had made and thus annul the promise.
18 Because if the inheritance depends
On law, then it does not depend upon
A promise any longer; but God gave
It unto Abraham by promise. 19 What,
Then, was the purpose of the law? It was
Added due to transgressions ‘til the Seed
Had come to whom the promise had referred.
Through angels by a mediator, God
Ordained the law. 20 A mediator, though,
Implies that there is more than one; but God
Is one. 21 So is the law opposed to God’s
Promises? Absolutely not! For if
A law was given that imparted life,
Then law should have provided righteousness.
22 But Scripture says that all are under sin,
So that the promise, given by our faith
In Jesus Christ, might be committed to
Those who believe. 23 Before this faith arrived,
We were imprisoned by the law, locked up
Until our faith was afterwards revealed.
24 Therefore the law became our schoolmaster
To show the way to Christ, so that we might
Be justified by faith− 25 but now that faith
Has come, we are no longer under law,
Our schoolmaster. 26 You’re all the sons of God
Through faith in Jesus Christ, 27 for all of you
Baptized in Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There’s neither Jew nor Greek, nor slave nor free,
Nor male nor female, for you are all one
In Jesus Christ. 29 If you belong to Christ,
Then you’re the seed of Abraham, and heirs
According to the promise God has shared.