Old Testament

Galatians 3
Believers Are Abraham's Children
31O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I just want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?[]
3Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now trying to reach the goal by the flesh? 4Did you experience so many things for nothing, if it were indeed for nothing? 5So then, does the one who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the law? Or does he do it by your believing what you hear— 6in the same way as Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness”?[]
7Understand, then, that those who believe are the children of Abraham. 8Foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, Scripture proclaimed the gospel in advance to Abraham, saying, “In you, all nations will be blessed.”[] 9So then, those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
The Difference Between Law and Gospel
10In fact, those who rely on the works of 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.”[] 11Clearly no one is declared righteous before God by the law, because “The righteous will live by faith.”[] 12The law does not say “by faith.” Instead it says, “The one who does these things will live by them.”[]
13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. As it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”[] 14He redeemed us in order that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that we would receive the promised Spirit through faith.
The Promise Came First
15Brothers, I am speaking in human terms. When someone has established a last will and testament, no one nullifies it or adds to it. 16The promises God spoke referred to Abraham and to his seed. It doesn't say, “And to seeds,” as if it were referring to many, but, as referring to one, “And to your seed,”[] who is Christ. 17What I am saying is this: The law, which came into being 430 years after the covenant established earlier by God in Christ,[] does not annul that covenant, with the result that it invalidates the promise. 18In fact, if the inheritance is by the law, it is no longer by the promise. But God graciously gave it to Abraham by a promise.
The Law as Chaperone
19Then what about the law? It was added for the purpose of revealing transgressions, until the Seed[][] to whom the promise referred had come. It was transmitted through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20Now a mediator is not needed for one party, but God is one.
21Then is the law against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given that could give life, certainly righteousness would have been derived from the law. 22But Scripture imprisoned all things under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ would be given to those who believe. 23But before this faith came, we were held in custody under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed. 24So the law was our chaperone[] until Christ, so that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a chaperone.[]
Sons of God Through Faith
26In fact, you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27Indeed, as many of you as were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. 28There is not Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, for you are all one and the same in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants[] and heirs according to the promise.