Galatians 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 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. 1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
2 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? 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?
3 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? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
4 Have you suffered so much for nothing? And was it really for nothing? 4 Have you suffered so much for nothing--if it really was for nothing?
5 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? 5 Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?
6 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 6 Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
7 So you see, those who have faith are children of Abraham. 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.
8 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 8 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."
9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham. He was the man of faith. 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 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 10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."
11 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 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."
12 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 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them."
13 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 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."
14 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. 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
15 Brothers and sisters, let me give you an example from everyday life. No one can get rid of an official agreement between people. No one can add to it. It can't be changed after it has been made. It is the same with God's covenant. 15 Brothers, 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.
16 The promises were given to Abraham. They were also given to his seed. Scripture does not say, "and to seeds." That means many people. It says, "and to your seed."#1(Genesis 12:7; 13:15; 24:7)#2 That means one person. And that one person is Christ. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ.
17 Here is what I mean. The law came 430 years after the promise. But the law does not get rid of God's covenant and promise. The covenant had already been made by God. So the law does not do away with the promise. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.
18 The great gift that God has for us does not depend on the law. If it did, it would no longer depend on a promise. But God gave it to Abraham as a free gift through a promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
19 Then what was the purpose of the law? It was added because of human sin. And it was supposed to control us until the promised Seed had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a go-between. 19 What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator.
20 A go-between does not take sides. God didn't use a go-between when he made his promise to Abraham. But the same God was at work in both the law and the promise. 20 A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one.
21 So is the law opposed to God's promises? Certainly not! What if a law had been given that could give life? Then people could become right with God by obeying the law. 21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.
22 But Scripture announces that the whole world is a prisoner because of sin. It does so in order that what was promised might be given to those who believe. The promise comes through faith in Jesus Christ. 22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
23 Before faith in Christ came, we were held prisoners by the law. We were locked up until faith was made known. 23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.
24 So the law was put in charge until Christ came. He came so that we might be made right with God by believing in Christ. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
25 But now faith in Christ has come. So we are no longer under the control of the law. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
26 You are all children of God by believing in Christ Jesus. 26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ as if he were your clothes. 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is no Jew or Greek. There is no slave or free person. There is no male or female. Because you belong to Christ Jesus, you are all one. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 You who belong to Christ are Abraham's seed. You will receive what God has promised. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.