Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
Have you suffered so much for nothing--if it really was for nothing?
Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles1 among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?26
Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."a37
Understand, then, that those who believe4 are children of Abraham.58
The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you."b69
So those who have faith7 are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.810
All who rely on observing the law9 are under a curse,10 for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."c1111
Clearly no one is justified before God by the law,12 because, "The righteous will live by faith."d1312
The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them."e1413
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law15 by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."f16