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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.

  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 (Simplified)

加拉太书 3

行律法与信基督

1无知的加拉太人啊!谁又迷惑了你们呢?耶稣基督被钉在十字架上的事早就像一幅画一样展现在你们眼前了。 我只想问,你们领受了圣灵是靠遵行律法呢,还是因为相信所听见的福音呢? 你们既然靠圣灵开始了基督徒的生活,现在却想靠肉体达到纯全吗?你们就这么无知吗? 你们受了许多苦,难道都是徒然的吗?都白受了吗? 上帝将圣灵赐给你们又在你们中间行神迹,是因为你们遵行律法呢,还是因为你们相信所听到的福音呢?

圣经上说:“亚伯拉罕信上帝,就被算为义人。” 因此,你们要明白,那些信上帝的人才是亚伯拉罕的子孙。 圣经早就指明,上帝要叫外族人因信而被称为义人,祂预先将福音传给亚伯拉罕,说:“万国必因你而蒙福。” 所以那些信上帝的人必和有信心的亚伯拉罕一同得到祝福。

10 凡以遵行律法为本的人都在咒诅之下,因为圣经上说:“凡不遵行律法书上一切命令的人必受咒诅。” 11 非常明显,没有人能靠遵行律法在上帝面前被称为义人,因为圣经上说:“义人必靠信心而活。” 12 律法却不是以信心为本,而是说:“遵行的人必存活。”

13 但基督替我们受了咒诅,从而救赎我们脱离了律法的咒诅,因为圣经上说:“凡挂在木头上的人都是受咒诅的。” 14 这样,赐给亚伯拉罕的祝福可以借着基督耶稣临到外族人,使我们也可以借着信得到上帝应许赐给我们的圣灵。

律法与应许

15 弟兄姊妹,我举个日常生活中的例子。世人的合约一经双方签订之后,就不能作废,也不能加添。 16 上帝曾向亚伯拉罕和他的后裔赐下应许,不过这里没有说“后裔们”——指许多人,而是说“你的后裔”——指一个人,就是基督。 17 我的意思是:四百三十年后颁布的律法不会废除上帝先前立下的约,以致应许落空。 18 倘若我们是靠守律法去承受产业,我们就不是倚靠上帝的应许。但上帝是凭应许把产业赐给了亚伯拉罕。

19 那么,为什么会有律法呢?律法是为了使人知罪而颁布的,等那位承受应许的后裔来到后,律法的任务就完成了。律法是通过天使交给一位中间人颁布的。 20 中间人代表双方,但上帝则单方面赐下应许。

21 这样看来,上帝的律法和上帝的应许是否互相矛盾呢?当然不是!如果赐下的律法能带给人生命,人就可以靠律法成为义人了。 22 但圣经说万物都在罪的权势下,为要使那些相信的人因为相信耶稣基督而得到应许[a]

23 信耶稣的时代[b]还没有来临以前,律法暂时监管我们。等到信耶稣之道显明出来后,律法就不再监管我们。 24 因此,律法是我们的监护人,负责引领我们归向基督,使我们可以因信而被称为义人。 25 现在信耶稣的时代已经来临,我们不再受律法监管。 26 你们都借着信基督耶稣而成为上帝的儿女, 27 因为你们受洗归入基督就是披戴基督[c] 28 从此不再分犹太人和希腊人,自由人和奴隶,男人和女人,因为你们都在基督耶稣里合而为一了。 29 你们若属于基督,就是亚伯拉罕的后裔,都是照着上帝的应许承受产业的人。

  1. 3:22 因为相信耶稣基督而得到应许”或译“因为耶稣基督的信实而得到应许”。
  2. 3:23 信耶稣的时代”希腊文是“信心”,下同25节。
  3. 3:27 披戴基督”是个隐喻,主要的意思是“像基督”,象征有基督的生命与品格。