You foolish Galatians, who has deceived you? Before your eyes Jesus Messiah was publicly shown to be crucified. I only want to learn one thing from you: Did you receive the spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing and believing the Gospel? Are you so foolish that you began in the spirit and are now trying to finish in the flesh? Did you suffer so much for nothing — if it was for nothing? So does He who provides you the spirit and works miracles among you do it by the works of the Law or by your hearing and believing the Gospel? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as making him right.” So know this: people who believe God are children of Abraham. As it is foretold in Scripture that God would make right the Gentiles by believing, so the Gospel was preached beforehand to Abraham: “All the nations will be blessed in you.” So those who believe God are blessed along with Abraham, the believer. For all those who depend on the works of the Law are under a curse, because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue doing everything that has been written in the book of the Law.” Clearly, no one is made right before God by the Law, because “The righteous will live by believing.” But the Law does not depend on believing; on the contrary, “Whoever does the works of the Law will live by them.” Messiah redeemed us from that curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a cross.” This happened so that in Messiah Jesus the blessing promised to Abraham would come to the Gentiles, so that we could receive the promise of the spirit through belief. Brothers and sisters, I am speaking from human experience: even a human contract, once ratified, is not canceled or added to. Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his seed. It does not say, “seeds” in the plural, but singular “seed,” that is Messiah. What I mean is this: the Law which came 430 years later does not make void the previous covenant ratified by God, and so cancel the promise. For if the inheritance is based on the Law, it is no longer based on the promise. But God in His grace gave it to Abraham through the promise. What was the point of the Law then? It was added because of sins, but only until the seed came to whom the promise had been made. The Law was put in place through angels by a mediator. Now a mediator is not for just one party, while a promise depends on one person, and God is only one Person. Does this mean that the Law is against the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, being right with God would have been based on that law. But the Scriptures confined everything under sin, so that the promise by the faith of Jesus Messiah might be given to those who believe. Before faith came we were kept in custody under the Law, imprisoned until the faith which was to come would be revealed. The Law was our tutor and guardian until Messiah, so that we could then be made right by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Messiah Jesus you are all children of God, through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Messiah have clothed yourselves with Messiah. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female; you are all one in Messiah Jesus. And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s children, and heirs of the promise.