O' foolish Galatians: who hath bewitched you, that ye should not believe the truth? To whom Jesus Christ was described before the eyes, and among you crucified. This only would I learn of you, received ye the spirit by the deeds of the law, or else by preaching of the faith? Are ye so unwise, that after ye have begun in the spirit, ye would now end in the flesh?
So many things there ye suffered in vain, if that be vain. Which ministered to you the spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doth he it through the deeds of the law, or by preaching of the faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was ascribed to him for righteousness. Understand therefore, that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
For the scripture saw aforehand, that God would justify the Heathen through faith, and therefore showed before hand glad tidings unto Abraham: In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith, are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are under the deeds of the law, are under *malediction. For it is written: cursed is every man that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law, to fulfil them. That no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, is evident. For the just shall live by faith. The law is not of faith: but the man that fulfilleth the things contained in the law (shall live in them). But Christ hath delivered us from the curse of the law, and was made accursed for us. For it is written: cursed is every one that hangeth on tree, that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, and that we might receive the promise of the spirit through faith.
Brethren I will speak after the manner of men. Though it be but a mans testament, yet no man despiseth it, or addeth any thing thereto, when it is once allowed. To Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not in the seeds, as many: but in thy seed, as in one, which is Christ. This I say, that the law which began afterward, beyond four hundred and thirty years, doth not disannul the testament, that was confirmed afore of God unto Christ ward, to make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance come of the law, it cometh not of promise. But God gave it unto Abraham by promise.
Wherefore then serveth the law? The law was added because of transgression (till the seed came to which the promise was made) and it was ordained by Angels in the hand of a mediator. A mediator is not a mediator of one. But God is one. Is the law then against the promise of God? God forbid. How be it if there had been a law given which could have given life: then no doubt righteousness should have come by the law. But the scripture concluded all things under sin that the promise by the faith of Jesus Christ, should be given unto them that believe. Before that faith came, we were kept and shut up under the law, unto the faith which should afterward be declared.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster unto the time of Christ, that we might be made righteous by faith. But after that faith is come, now are we no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the sons of God, by the faith which is in Christ Jesus. For all ye that are baptised, have put on Christ. Now is there no Jewe neither Gentile: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither man nor woman: but ye are all one thing in Christ *Jesu. If ye be Christs, then are ye Abrahams seed, and heirs by promise.