Galatians 3 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Galatians 3


Galatians 3:1

O foolish Galatians, who did bewitch you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly set forth crucified?

Galatians 3:2

This only would I learn from you. Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 3:3

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now perfected in the flesh?

Galatians 3:4

Did ye suffer so many things in vain? if it be indeed in vain.

Galatians 3:5

He therefore that supplieth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 3:6

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness.

Galatians 3:7

Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham.

Galatians 3:8

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, [saying,] In thee shall all the nations be blessed.

Galatians 3:9

So then they that are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham.

Galatians 3:10

For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one who continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.

Galatians 3:11

Now that no man is justified by the law before God, is evident: for, The righteous shall live by faith;

Galatians 3:12

and the law is not of faith; but, He that doeth them shall live in them.

Galatians 3:13

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Galatians 3:14

that upon the Gentiles might come the blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:15

Brethren, I speak after the manner of men: Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet when it hath been confirmed, no one maketh it void, or addeth thereto.

Galatians 3:16

Now to Abraham were the promises spoken, and to his seed. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Galatians 3:17

Now this I say: A covenant confirmed beforehand by God, the law, which came four hundred and thirty years after, doth not disannul, so as to make the promise of none effect.

Galatians 3:18

For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise: but God hath granted it to Abraham by promise.

Galatians 3:19

What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise hath been made; [and it was] ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Galatians 3:20

Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one; but God is one.

Galatians 3:21

Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could make alive, verily righteousness would have been of the law.

Galatians 3:22

But the scriptures shut up all things under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Galatians 3:23

But before faith came, we were kept in ward under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Galatians 3:24

So that the law is become our tutor [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:25

But now faith that is come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Galatians 3:26

For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:27

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

Galatians 3:28

There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one [man] in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:29

And if ye are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise.

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