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1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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1 Sarah R = "Should we obey or ignore the Old Testament law?The answer to that question is not cut-and-dried. The law consisted of the commands God gave Moses, some 430 years after God established his covenant with Abraham. Paul points out that God had declared Abraham righteous before the law existed. Therefore, Paul claims, obeying the law could not be the basis for a relationship with God. Faith is the only basis for that relationship.The law was never intended to take the place of faith. It was never designed to give the people of Israel a list of rules by which they could earn their salvation. Rather, the law served only to show them how far short of God's standards they fell (v. 19).The law exposed sin so people would be led to Christ as the only answer to sin. Paul called the law holy . . . spiritual (Romans 7:12, 14), and good if one uses it properly (1 Tim. 1:8). But if the law is used improperly - as a way to try to earn salvation, or to try to impress other people - it serves only to impose a curse (v. 10).However, we should not ignore the Old Testament law. It shows what God considered important. Much of it spells out timeless principles of right living. Parts of the law are still helpful for those who want to live holy lives. But Christians are not bound to obey the Old Testament law to earn God's favor. Christians live a lifestyle of obedience to Christ and to the teachings of the New Testament as an act of gratitude.- From The Quest Study Bible note for Galatians 3, page 1607."
2 Sarah R = "Quoted from Genesis 15:6, "Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness."Paul also talks about this in Romans 4."
3 Deena E = "As Sarah mentions, we read the story in Genesis 15, Abram had many blessings, but no biological heir. He feared that his servant would inherit everything he owned, but God told him that he would have descendants as innumerable as the stars in the sky. Because God saw the belief in His heart (Abram trusted God to perform even though he and Sarai were very old), God counted it as righteousness."
4 Sarah R = "God choose Abraham and established His people through Abraham. But bloodline alone did not make someone a believer - only faith in Jesus."
5 Cary W = "The mystery of Christ, which Paul continually preached, is this very thing:  God planned all along to bring all the peoples in the world into His household, not just the Jewish race, and this foretold in His work with Abraham.  The heathen, gentile, or unbeliever could now gain access to God through the work of Christ, by faith, and not by any works."
6 Sarah R = "This promise is quoted three times in Genesis 12:3, 18:18 and 22:18."
7 Sarah R = "This is written in Deuteronomy 27:26."
8 Sarah R = "A quote from Habakkuk 2:4."
9 Sarah R = "A quote from Leviticus 18:5."
10 Cary W = "We really have little clue how absolutely profound it is the God, the Creator of the Universe loves us so much as to bear the penalty of human error and sin, once and for all, by such a universal demonstration to all powers and authorities in the Heavens and the Earth."
11 Sarah R = "A quote from Deuteronomy 21:23. Christ was hung on a tree at the crucifixion, showing that as he bore the sins of the world he was bearing our curse."
12 Sarah R = "The promise of Abraham was originally believed by the Jews to be only for them, the chosen people, even though there were hints in the Old Testament that God wanted all to come to salvation. Now it was made clear through Jesus and the revelations shared with the early church by God that the Gentiles, or non-Jews, were also invited to come to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and share in the blessing of Abraham as one of God's chosen."
13 Sarah R = "This passage in the Voice Bible:15 My dear brothers and sisters, here’s a real-life example I can give you: With a last will and testament, when all the property is accounted for, the document is signed, witnessed, and notarized; and afterward no one can make changes to it. 16 In a similar way, God’s promises established a binding agreement with Abraham and his offspring. In the Scriptures, it is carefully stated, “and to your descendant” (meaning one), not “and to your descendants” (meaning many). Therefore, in these covenant promises, God was not referring to every son and daughter born into Abraham’s family but to the Anointed One to come. 17 What this all means is that the law given to Israel comes along some 430 years after the promise made to Abraham; so it does not invalidate the covenant God previously agreed to or in any way do away with His promise. 18 You see, if the law became the sole basis for the inheritance, then it would put God in the position of breaking a covenant because He had promised it to Abraham."
14 Sarah R = "Parallel verse:1 Timothy 2:5-6a "5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people.""
15 Sarah R = ""The confusion of the Galatian Christians was the result of their failure to understand the narrative structure of the redemptive work of God. In their attempt to inherit the blessing promised to Abraham by keeping the Mosaic law, they failed to understand that the Mosaic law had been given 430 years after the Abrahamic promise and could not change the terms of the promise or be a condition for inheriting the promised blessing (3:15-18). In their attempt to make progress in their spiritual life by observing the law after believing the gospel, they failed to understand that supervision under the law ended when faith in Christ came (3:23-25)."- The IVP New Testament Commentary Series, Galatians 3"
16 Deena E = ""no longer under a schoolmaster"Schoolmaster is another term for guardian. In the U.S., except for under special circumstances, anyone under the age of 18 (adult age) needs a legal guardian. The guardian is to rear and guide a child in the direction they should go. The Israelites in Moses' time were clearly too immature to trust God despite the miraculous wonders they saw Him perform (see Exodus). Not only did they distrust God, their mumbling and grumbling showed how unresponsive they were to God's pure grace. Unresponsiveness is equivalent to irresponsibility. Since they were irresponsible and immature (as children in need of a guardian), God gave them the Law through Moses. "
17 Cary W = "I like to wear this scripture like a garment, baptized in Christ, I am a child of God, in His likeness and have put on Christ as my own Identity.  In this state of heart and mind, I see no differences among any people, race or gender, but see everyone as Abraham's seed and fellow heirs of all the promises of God, for I see we one in Christ."
18 Cary W = "Children of God, born of His Spirit, wearing Christ as our garment of righteousness and sonship in God....all because of His great mercies."
19 Sarah R = "Parallel Verses from the apostle John:John 1:12 "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."1 John 3:1 "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!""
20 Sarah R = "There should be no divisions among Christians. Paul states that we are all one in Christ."
21 Deena E = "Abraham's [and his heirs'] promise: Genesis 12:2-3 Genesis 17:1-10"