Galatians 3:1-9

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.
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?
3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?[a]
4 Have you experienced[b] so much in vain—if it really was in vain?
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?
6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[c]
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.
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]
9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Cross References 15

  • 1. Luke 24:25
  • 2. S Acts 16:6
  • 3. Galatians 5:7
  • 4. 1 Corinthians 1:23
  • 5. S John 20:22
  • 6. ver 5,10; Galatians 2:16
  • 7. Romans 10:17; Hebrews 4:2
  • 8. 1 Corinthians 12:10
  • 9. ver 2,10; Galatians 2:16
  • 10. Genesis 15:6; S Romans 4:3
  • 11. ver 9
  • 12. S Luke 3:8
  • 13. Genesis 12:3; Genesis 18:18; Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:4; Acts 3:25
  • 14. ver 7; Romans 4:16
  • 15. Romans 4:18-22

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. 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.
  • [b]. Or "suffered"
  • [c]. Gen. 15:6
  • [d]. Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18
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