Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."a17
Understand, then, that those who believe2 are children of Abraham.38
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."b49
So those who have faith5 are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.610
All who rely on observing the law7 are under a curse,8 for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."c911
Clearly no one is justified before God by the law,10 because, "The righteous will live by faith."d1112
The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them."e1213
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law13 by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."f1414
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,15 so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.16
Brothers,17 let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case.
The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed.18 The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed,"g19 meaning one person, who is Christ.