48:001:001 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus
Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
48:001:002 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of
48:001:003 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our
Lord Jesus Christ,
48:001:004 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from
this present evil world, according to the will of God and our
48:001:005 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
48:001:006 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you
into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
48:001:007 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and
would pervert the gospel of Christ.
48:001:008 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let
him be accursed.
48:001:009 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any
other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be
48:001:010 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men?
for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of
48:001:011 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was
preached of me is not after man.
48:001:012 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but
by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
48:001:013 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews'
religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of
God, and wasted it:
48:001:014 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in
mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the
traditions of my fathers.
48:001:015 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's
womb, and called me by his grace,
48:001:016 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the
heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
48:001:017 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles
before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto
48:001:018 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter,
and abode with him fifteen days.
48:001:019 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's
48:001:020 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I
48:001:021 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
48:001:022 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were
48:001:023 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times
past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
48:001:024 And they glorified God in me.
48:002:001 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with
Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
48:002:002 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that
gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to
them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run,
or had run, in vain.
48:002:003 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was
compelled to be circumcised:
48:002:004 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who
came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ
Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
48:002:005 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that
the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
48:002:006 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were,
it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for
they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to
48:002:007 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the
uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the
circumcision was unto Peter;
48:002:008 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship
of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the
48:002:009 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars,
perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me
and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go
unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
48:002:010 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same
which I also was forward to do.
48:002:011 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the
face, because he was to be blamed.
48:002:012 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the
Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated
himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
48:002:013 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that
Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
48:002:014 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the
truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If
thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and
not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live
as do the Jews?
48:002:015 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
48:002:016 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law,
but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in
Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of
Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of
the law shall no flesh be justified.
48:002:017 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves
also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of
sin? God forbid.
48:002:018 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make
myself a transgressor.
48:002:019 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live
48:002:020 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and
gave himself for me.
48:002:021 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come
by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
48:003:001 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?
48:003:002 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the
works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
48:003:003 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made
perfect by the flesh?
48:003:004 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
48:003:005 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?
48:003:006 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for
48:003:007 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are
the children of Abraham.
48:003:008 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.
48:003:009 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful
48:003:010 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
48:003:011 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God,
it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
48:003:012 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them
shall live in them.
48:003:013 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:
48:003:014 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles
through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the
Spirit through faith.
48:003:015 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.
48:003:016 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.
48:003:017 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.
48:003:018 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of
promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
48:003:019 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
48:003:020 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
48:003:021 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.
48:003:022 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the
promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that
48:003:023 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up
unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
48:003:024 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto
Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
48:003:025 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a
48:003:026 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
48:003:027 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put
48:003:028 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor
free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in
48:003:029 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs
according to the promise.
48:004:001 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth
nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
48:004:002 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of
48:004:003 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the
elements of the world:
48:004:004 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his
Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
48:004:005 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive
the adoption of sons.
48:004:006 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his
Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
48:004:007 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son,
then an heir of God through Christ.
48:004:008 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them
which by nature are no gods.
48:004:009 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of
God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements,
whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
48:004:010 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
48:004:011 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in
48:004:012 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye
have not injured me at all.
48:004:013 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the
gospel unto you at the first.
48:004:014 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor
rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ
48:004:015 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you
record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked
out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
48:004:016 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the
48:004:017 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would
exclude you, that ye might affect them.
48:004:018 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good
thing, and not only when I am present with you.
48:004:019 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until
Christ be formed in you,
48:004:020 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice;
for I stand in doubt of you.
48:004:021 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear
48:004:022 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a
bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
48:004:023 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but
he of the freewoman was by promise.
48:004:024 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants;
the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage,
which is Agar.
48:004:025 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to
Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
48:004:026 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of
48:004:027 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not;
break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the
desolate hath many more children than she which hath an
48:004:028 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
48:004:029 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him
that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
48:004:030 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman
and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir
with the son of the freewoman.
48:004:031 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but
of the free.
48:005:001 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made
us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
48:005:002 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ
shall profit you nothing.
48:005:003 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he
is a debtor to do the whole law.
48:005:004 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are
justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
48:005:005 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness
48:005:006 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing,
nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
48:005:007 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey
48:005:008 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
48:005:009 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
48:005:010 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be
none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear
his judgment, whosoever he be.
48:005:011 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet
suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
48:005:012 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
48:005:013 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not
liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one
48:005:014 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
48:005:015 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be
not consumed one of another.
48:005:016 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil
the lust of the flesh.
48:005:017 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the
other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
48:005:018 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
48:005:019 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
48:005:020 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies,
48:005:021 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of
the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time
past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the
kingdom of God.
48:005:022 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
48:005:023 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
48:005:024 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts.
48:005:025 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
48:005:026 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another,
envying one another.
48:006:001 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;
considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
48:006:002 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of
48:006:003 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is
nothing, he deceiveth himself.
48:006:004 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have
rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
48:006:005 For every man shall bear his own burden.
48:006:006 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that
teacheth in all good things.
48:006:007 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap.
48:006:008 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the
Spirit reap life everlasting.
48:006:009 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not.
48:006:010 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
48:006:011 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine
48:006:012 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they
constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer
persecution for the cross of Christ.
48:006:013 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law;
but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in
48:006:014 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and
I unto the world.
48:006:015 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing,
nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
48:006:016 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them,
and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
48:006:017 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body
the marks of the Lord Jesus.
48:006:018 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your
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