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21 Is the law then contrary to the promises 2 God forbid : 22 for, if a law had been given which could have given life, truly justification would have been by that law; 23 but, the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise, through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to them that believe in him. 24 But, before faith came, we were kept in ward under the law, shut up together for the faith which was afterwards to be revealed ; 25 so that the law became our tutor, to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith in him. 26 But, now that faith is come, we are no longer under a tutor : 27 for ye are all children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus; for, as many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ: 28 there is no longer either Jew or Greek, there is no longer either bond or free, there is no longer either male or female; for, ye are all one, in Christ Jesus: 29 and, if ye are Christ's, then are ye of the seed of Abraham, and heirs according to the promise.
UT I say, That the heir, as long as he is an infant, differeth in nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all ; 2 but is under tutors and governors, until the time before appointed by his father: 3 and so we, while we were infants, were in bondage under the elements of the world; 4 but, when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, begotten of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem us who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of his sons: 6 and, because ye are his sons, he hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father: 7 so that thou art no longer a servant, but a son; and, if a son, then an heir of God. 8 But, at that time, ye who knew not God, served those which in their nature are no gods: 9 how is it then, now that ye know God, or rather are acknowledged by God, that ye turn again to those weak and beggarly elements, which ye wish again to serve 2 10 ye observe days, and months, and times, and years: 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed labour upon you in vain : be ye as I am; that I also may be as ye are. 12 I beseech you, brethren, have ye done me no wrong? 13 ye know, that at the first I preached the gospel to you through infirmity of the flesh ; 14 and your trial in my flesh, ye despised not; nor rejected me, but received me as a messenger of God, as Christ Jesus himself: 15 where then is your benediction ? for I bear you witness, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your eyes, and have given them to me : 16 am I, then, become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17 They are zealous for you, but not rightly; yea, they would exclude us, that ye may be zealous towards them: 18 but, be ye always rightly zealous, in that which is right; and not only when I am present with you, my dear children, of whom I labour again in birth until Christ be formed in you : 19 and I wished to be present with you now, and to change my tone; for I stand in doubt of you. 20 Tell me, ye that wish to be under the law, do ye not hear the law "
Heb. x. 2.
c. iv. 1-5.
Rom. viii. 16
Abraham had two sons; the one by a maid-servant, the other by a free-woman : 22 but, he who was by the maid-servant, was begotten according to the flesh, but he by the free-woman, through the promise: 23 which words have another application : for, those women are as the two Covenants; the first from Mount Sinai, bringing forth to bondage, which is Hagar: 24 but, Hagar is the name of Mount Sinai in Arabia; and answereth to the Jerusalem that now is, for she is in bondage, together with her children: 25 but, the Jerusalem above, which is our mother, is free; 26 for it is written, “Rejoice, “ thou barren that bearest not; “break forth and cry, thou “ that travailest not : for the ‘children of the desolate, are “many more than of her who ‘ hath an husband.” 27 Now we, brethren, are children of promise, as Isaac was: 28 but, as he who was begotten according to the flesh, then persecuted him who was begotten according to the Spirit, so also is it now : 29 yet, what saith the scripture ? “ Cast out the maid“ servant and her son; for, “ the son of the maid-servant “shall not share in the in
i. e. the Judaising Christiaris.
21 for it is written, that
Gen. xvi. 15. and xxi. 2.
Philipp. iii. 20.
Is... liv. 1.
Gen. xxi. 10,
1 Cor. v. 6.
“ heritance with the son of “ the free-woman :”
30 wherefore, brethren, we are not children of the maidservant, but of the free7007/1(171.
TAND fast, therefore, in the *’ freedom with which Christ hath made us free, and be not again entangled in a yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul tell you, that if ye are circumcised, Christ will profit you in nothing: 3 for, I again"testify to overy man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to perform the whole law : ye are discharged from Christ: 4 whoever among you justify yourselves by the law, fall from grace: 5 for we wait, in spirit, for the hope of justification by faith : 6 for, to them that are in Christ, neither circumcision, nor uncircumcision, availeth any thing; but faith only, which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who hath hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 this persuasion, came not from him who calleth you : 9 a little leaven leaveneth the whole heap.
10 I confide in you, that ye will not be otherwise minded; and he who troubleth you shall bear his own judgment, whoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? for, the stumbling-block of the cross is then done away. 12 I would, that they were even cut off who trouble you. 13 For, brethren, ye have been talled to freedom ; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but serve one another by love :
2 Cor. ii. 7. 2 Thess.
20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, wrath, strife, divisions, heresies, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such as these ; 21 of which I now tell you, as I before told you, that they who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace; long-suffering, gentleness, goodness; faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law: 23 and they that are of Christ Jesus, have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts. 24 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit: 25 let us not be vain-glorious; provoking one another, envying one another.
RETHREN, if a man be surprised into any transgression, do ye, who are spiritual, restore such an one with a spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted : 2 bear ye one another's burdens, and ye will so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if any one think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth his own mind: 4 but, let him prove his work,
and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another : 5 for, each will bear his own burden. 6 Let him who is taught the word, impart to him that teacheth, in all good things:
7 be not deceived, God is 2 cor. ix. 6,7.
not mocked : for, whatsoever a man Soweth, that he will also reap : 8 for, he who soweth for his flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption; but, he who soweth for his spirit, will from the Spirit reap eternal life: 9 and let us not be weary in doing well; for we shall reap in due season, if we faint not : 10 whilst, therefore, we have time, let us do good to all; especially to those who are of the household of the faith. 11 Ye see, how long a letter I have written to you with my own hand. 12 As many as wish to make a fair appearance in the flesh, constrain you to be circumcised; only, that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Jesus, the Christ: 13 for, they themselves who have been circumcised, keep not the law; but they wish you to be circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh: 14 but, God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; by
which the world is crucified to me, and I to the world: 15 for, neither is circumcision any thing, nor uncircumcision; but, to be a new creation : 16 and, peace and mercy be on all them who walk accord
ing to this rule, even on the Israel of God.
17 Finally, let no one trouble me: for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus:
18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Written to the Galatians from Rome.