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Galatians 3

Faith Brings Righteousness

1O you foolish and thoughtless and superficial Galatians, who has bewitched you [that you would act like this], to whom—right before your very eyes—Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified [in the gospel message]? This is all I want to ask of you: did you receive the [Holy] Spirit as the result of obeying [the requirements of] the Law, or was it the result of hearing [the message of salvation and] with faith [believing it]? Are you so foolish and senseless? Having begun [your new life by faith] with the Spirit, are you now being perfected and reaching spiritual maturity by the flesh [that is, by your own works and efforts to keep the Law]? Have you suffered so many things and experienced so much all for nothing—if indeed it was all for nothing? So then, does He who supplies you with His [marvelous Holy] Spirit and works miracles among you, do it as a result of the works of the Law [which you perform], or because you [believe confidently in the message which you] heard with faith?

Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, [as conformity to God’s will and purpose—so it is with you also]. So understand that it is the people who live by faith [with confidence in the power and goodness of God] who are [the true] sons of [a]Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the good news [of the Savior] to Abraham in advance [with this promise], saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then those who are people of faith [whether Jew or Gentile] are blessed and favored by God [and declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing with Him] along with Abraham, the believer.

10 For all who depend on the Law [seeking justification and salvation by obedience to the Law and the observance of rituals] are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed (condemned to destruction) is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, so as to practice them.” 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified [that is, declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing] before God by the Law, for “The righteous (the just, the upright) shall live by faith.” 12 But the Law does not rest on or require faith [it has nothing to do with faith], but [instead, the Law] says, “He who practices them [the things prescribed by the Law] shall live by them [instead of faith].” 13 Christ purchased our freedom and redeemed us from the curse of the Law and its condemnation by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs [crucified] on a tree (cross)”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might also come to the Gentiles, so that we would all receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit through faith.

Intent of the Law

15 Brothers and sisters, I speak in terms of human relations: even though a last will and testament is just a human covenant, yet when it has been signed and made legally binding, no one sets it aside or adds to it [modifying it in some way]. 16 Now the promises [in the covenants] were decreed to Abraham and to his seed. God does not say, “And to seeds (descendants, heirs),” as if [referring] to many [persons], but as to one, “And to your Seed,” who is [none other than] Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the Law, which came into existence four hundred and thirty years later [after the covenant concerning the coming Messiah], does not and cannot invalidate the covenant previously established by God, so as to abolish the promise. 18 For if the inheritance [of what was promised] is based on [observing] the Law [as these false teachers claim], it is no longer based on a promise; however, God granted it to Abraham [as a gift] by virtue of His promise.

19 Why, then, the Law [what was its purpose]? It was added [after the promise to Abraham, to reveal to people their guilt] because of transgressions [that is, to make people conscious of the sinfulness of sin], and [the Law] was ordained through angels and delivered to Israel by the hand of a mediator [Moses, the mediator between God and Israel, to be in effect] until the Seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now the mediator or go-between [in a transaction] is not [needed] for just one party; whereas God is only one [and was the only One giving the promise to Abraham, but the Law was a contract between two, God and Israel; its validity depended on both]. 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a system of law had been given which could impart life, then righteousness (right standing with God) would actually have been based on law. 22 But the Scripture has imprisoned [b]everyone [everything—the entire world] under sin, so that [the inheritance, the blessing of salvation] which was promised through faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe [in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s precious Son].

23 Now before faith came, we were kept in custody under the Law, [perpetually] imprisoned [in preparation] for the faith that was destined to be revealed, 24 with the result that the Law has become our tutor and our disciplinarian to guide us to Christ, so that we may be [c]justified [that is, declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing with God] by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under [the control and authority of] a tutor and disciplinarian. 26 For you [who are born-again have been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified and] are all children of God [set apart for His purpose with full rights and privileges] through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union with the Christ, the Anointed] have clothed yourselves with Christ [that is, you have taken on His characteristics and values]. 28 There is [now no distinction in regard to salvation] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you [who believe] are all one in Christ Jesus [no one can claim a spiritual superiority]. 29 And if you belong to Christ [if you are in Him], then you are Abraham’s descendants, and [spiritual] heirs according to [God’s] promise.

Notas al pie

  1. Galatians 3:7 Abraham was justified [declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty] and declared righteous by God on the basis of his faith alone long before the Law and the ritual of circumcision were ever given to Moses.
  2. Galatians 3:22 Lit all things. Paul is probably referring to the effect of sin on the entire world. He alludes to this in Rom 8:19-22. Consider, for example, the fact that God cursed the ground itself and plant life because of the sin of Adam and Eve (Gen 3:17, 18).
  3. Galatians 3:24 See note 2:16.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

加拉太書 3

行律法與信基督

1無知的加拉太人啊!誰又迷惑了你們呢?耶穌基督被釘在十字架上的事早就像一幅畫一樣展現在你們眼前了。 我只想問,你們領受了聖靈是靠遵行律法呢,還是因為相信所聽見的福音呢? 你們既然靠聖靈開始了基督徒的生活,現在卻想靠肉體達到純全嗎?你們就這麼無知嗎? 你們受了許多苦,難道都是徒然的嗎?都白受了嗎? 上帝將聖靈賜給你們又在你們中間行神蹟,是因為你們遵行律法呢,還是因為你們相信所聽到的福音呢?

聖經上說:「亞伯拉罕信上帝,就被算為義人。」 因此,你們要明白,那些信上帝的人才是亞伯拉罕的子孫。 聖經早就指明,上帝要叫外族人因信而被稱為義人,祂預先將福音傳給亞伯拉罕,說:「萬國必因你而蒙福。」 所以那些信上帝的人必和有信心的亞伯拉罕一同得到祝福。

10 凡以遵行律法為本的人都在咒詛之下,因為聖經上說:「凡不遵行律法書上一切命令的人必受咒詛。」 11 非常明顯,沒有人能靠遵行律法在上帝面前被稱為義人,因為聖經上說:「義人必靠信心而活。」 12 律法卻不是以信心為本,而是說:「遵行的人必存活。」

13 但基督替我們受了咒詛,從而救贖我們脫離了律法的咒詛,因為聖經上說:「凡掛在木頭上的人都是受咒詛的。」 14 這樣,賜給亞伯拉罕的祝福可以藉著基督耶穌臨到外族人,使我們也可以藉著信得到上帝應許賜給我們的聖靈。

律法與應許

15 弟兄姊妹,我舉個日常生活中的例子。世人的合約一經雙方簽訂之後,就不能作廢,也不能加添。 16 上帝曾向亞伯拉罕和他的後裔賜下應許,不過這裡沒有說「後裔們」——指許多人,而是說「你的後裔」——指一個人,就是基督。 17 我的意思是:四百三十年後頒佈的律法不會廢除上帝先前立下的約,以致應許落空。 18 倘若我們是靠守律法去承受產業,我們就不是倚靠上帝的應許。但上帝是憑應許把產業賜給了亞伯拉罕。

19 那麼,為什麼會有律法呢?律法是為了使人知罪而頒佈的,等那位承受應許的後裔來到後,律法的任務就完成了。律法是通過天使交給一位中間人頒佈的。 20 中間人代表雙方,但上帝則單方面賜下應許。

21 這樣看來,上帝的律法和上帝的應許是否互相矛盾呢?當然不是!如果賜下的律法能帶給人生命,人就可以靠律法成為義人了。 22 但聖經說萬物都在罪的權勢下,爲要使那些相信的人因爲相信耶稣基督而得到應許[a]

23 信耶穌的時代[b]還沒有來臨以前,律法暫時監管我們。等到信耶穌之道顯明出來後,律法就不再監管我們。 24 因此,律法是我們的監護人,負責引領我們歸向基督,使我們可以因信而被稱為義人。 25 現在信耶穌的時代已經來臨,我們不再受律法監管。 26 你們都藉著信基督耶穌而成為上帝的兒女, 27 因為你們受洗歸入基督就是披戴基督[c] 28 從此不再分猶太人和希臘人,自由人和奴隸,男人和女人,因為你們都在基督耶穌裡合而為一了。 29 你們若屬於基督,就是亞伯拉罕的後裔,都是照著上帝的應許承受產業的人。

Notas al pie

  1. 3·22 因爲相信耶稣基督而得到應許」或譯「因爲耶稣基督的信實而得到應許」。
  2. 3·23 信耶穌的時代」希臘文是「信心」,下同25節。
  3. 3·27 披戴基督」是個隱喻,主要的意思是「像基督」,象徵有基督的生命與品格。