New International Version

Galatians 3:1-29

Faith or Works of the Law

1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?3:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit. 4Have you experienced3:4 Or suffered so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”3:6 Gen. 15:6

7Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”3:8 Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18 9So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”3:10 Deut. 27:26 11Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”3:11 Hab. 2:4 12The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”3:12 Lev. 18:5 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”3:13 Deut. 21:23 14He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

The Law and the Promise

15Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”3:16 Gen. 12:7; 13:15; 24:7 meaning one person, who is Christ. 17What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

19Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

21Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

Children of God

23Before the coming of this faith,3:22,23 Or through the faithfulness of Jesus… 23 Before faith came we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

加拉太書 3:1-29

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。 2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? 3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? 4你們受了許多苦,難道都是徒然的嗎?都白受了嗎? 5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?

6聖經上說:「亞伯拉罕信上帝,就被算為義人。」 7因此,你們要明白,那些信上帝的人才是亞伯拉罕的子孫。 8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。」 9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」。

23信耶穌的時代3·23 信耶穌的時代」希臘文是「信心」,下同25節。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。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。