And He was amazed at their unbelief. Now He was going around the villages in a circuit, teaching.
"This is an amazing thing," the man told them. "You don't know where He is from, yet He opened my eyes!
You foolish Galatians! Who has hypnotized you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was vividly portrayed as crucified?
I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the flesh?
Did you suffer so much for nothing-- if in fact it was for nothing?
So then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law or by hearing with faith?
But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?
You observe [special] days, months, seasons, and years.
I am fearful for you, that perhaps my labor for you has been wasted.
I beg you, brothers: become like me, for I also became like you. You have not wronged me;
you know that previously I preached the gospel to you in physical weakness,
and though my physical condition was a trial for you, you did not despise or reject me. On the contrary, you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus [Himself].
What happened to this blessedness of yours? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace!
You were running well. Who prevented you from obeying the truth?
They soon forgot His works and would not wait for His counsel.
The Lord said: Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service-- yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship [consists of] man-made rules learned [by rote]--
Be horrified at this, heavens; be shocked and utterly appalled. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.
This persuasion did not come from Him who called you.
For you can have 10,000 instructors in Christ, but you can't have many fathers. Now I have fathered you in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
but, as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct;
For His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
On the contrary, we believe we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way they are."
Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
You, therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.
Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God's righteousness.
For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!