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You have experienced many things. Were all those experiences wasted? I hope not! Does God give you the Spirit because you follow the law? No! Does God work miracles among you because you follow the law? No! God gives you his Spirit and works miracles among you because you heard the Good News and believed it.

The Scriptures say the same thing about Abraham: “Abraham believed God, and God accepted Abraham’s faith, and that faith made him right with God.”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 3:6 “Abraham . . . God.” Quotation from Genesis 15:6.

Have you experienced[a] so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles(A) among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?(B) So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[b](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Galatians 3:4 Or suffered
  2. Galatians 3:6 Gen. 15:6

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