Finish the Way You Start

He has given us the spirit filled life when we believed in the name of Jesus! We already have God the Spirit living in us. Finish by faith.

Rowan Hilsden | Jun 09, 2019

Topics: Encouragement, Faith, Race, Missional Living

Scripture: Galatians 3:1-14

Galatians 3:1-14 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Justification through Faith

You foolish Galatians! Who has cast a spell on you,[a] before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed[b] as crucified? I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by believing what you heard?[c] Are you so foolish? After beginning by the Spirit, are you now finishing by the flesh? Did you experience[d] so much for nothing—if in fact it was for nothing? So then, does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law? Or is it by believing what you heard— just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness?[e]

You know, then, that those who have faith, these are Abraham’s sons. Now the Scripture saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and proclaimed the gospel ahead of time to Abraham, saying, All the nations[f]will be blessed through you.[g] Consequently those who have faith are blessed with Abraham, who had faith.[h]

Law and Promise

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, Everyone who does not do everything written in the book of the law is cursed.[i] 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith.[j] 12 But the law is not based on faith; instead, the one who does these things will live by them.[k] 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.[l] 14 The purpose was that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles by Christ Jesus, so that we could receive the promised Spirit through faith.


  1. 3:1 Other mss add not to obey the truth
  2. 3:1 Other mss add among you
  3. 3:2 Lit hearing with faith, also in v. 5
  4. 3:4 Or suffer
  5. 3:6 Gn 15:6
  6. 3:8 Or Gentiles
  7. 3:8 Gn 12:3; 18:18
  8. 3:9 Or with believing Abraham
  9. 3:10 Dt 27:26
  10. 3:11 Hab 2:4
  11. 3:12 Lv 18:5
  12. 3:13 Dt 21:23
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