You foolish people of Galatia! Who has put you under an evil spell? When I preached, I clearly showed you that Jesus Christ had been nailed to the cross.
I would like to learn just one thing from you. Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law? Or did you receive the Spirit by believing what you heard?
Are you so foolish? You began with the Holy Spirit. Are you now trying to complete God's work in you by your own strength?
Have you suffered so much for nothing? And was it really for nothing?
Why does God give you his Spirit? Why does he work miracles among you? Is it because you do what the law says? Or is it because you believe what you have heard?
Think about Abraham. Scripture says, "Abraham believed God. God accepted Abraham because he believed. So his faith made him right with God."#1(Genesis 15:6)#2
So you see, those who have faith are children of Abraham.
Long ago, Scripture knew that God would make non-Jews right with himself by believing in him. He announced the good news ahead of time to Abraham. He said, "All nations will be blessed because of you."#1(Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18)#2
So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham. He was the man of faith.
All who depend on obeying the law are under a curse. It is written, "May everyone who doesn't continue to do everything that is written in the Book of the Law be under God's curse."#1(Deuteronomy 27:26)#2
We know that no one is made right with God by keeping the law. Scripture says, "Those who are right with God will live by faith."#1(Habakkuk 2:4)#2
The law is not based on faith. In fact, it is just the opposite. It teaches that "the one who does those things will live by them."#1(Leviticus 18:5)#2
Christ set us free from the curse of the law. He did it by becoming a curse for us. It is written, "Everyone who is hung on a pole is under God's curse."#1(Deuteronomy 21:23)#2
Christ Jesus set us free so that the blessing given to Abraham would come to non-Jews through Christ. He did it so that we might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit by believing in Christ.