Let me ask you only this: b Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by c hearing with faith?
Are you so foolish? d Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
So that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.
For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit.
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?