By Faith, or by Works of the Law?
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?
This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, a or by the hearing of faith?
Are you so foolish? b Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by c the flesh?
d Have you suffered so many things in vain - if indeed it was in vain?
Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? -
just as Abraham e "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."
Therefore know that only f those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
And g the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, h "In you all the nations shall be blessed."
So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
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But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "LORD, who has believed our report?
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
Who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
Since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.
Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.