Galatians 3:1-11 NIV

Faith or Works of the Law

1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.

References for Galatians 3:1

2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?

References for Galatians 3:2

3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?a

References for Galatians 3:3

    • h 3:3 - In contexts like this, the Greek word for "flesh" ("sarx" ) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
      4 Have you experiencedb so much in vain—if it really was in vain?

      References for Galatians 3:4

        • i 3:4 - Or "suffered"
          5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

          References for Galatians 3:5

          6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”c

          References for Galatians 3:6

            • j 3:6 - Gen. 15:6
              7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.

              References for Galatians 3:7

                  8 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.”d

                  References for Galatians 3:8

                    • k 3:8 - Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18
                      9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

                      References for Galatians 3:9

                      10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”e

                      References for Galatians 3:10

                        • l 3:10 - Deut. 27:26
                          11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”f

                          References for Galatians 3:11