Paul on Jews and Gentiles

Selected passages from New Testament epistles.

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Galatians Chapter 3

6: ...Abraham "believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." 7: So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8: And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed." 9: So then, those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith. 10: For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do them." 11: Now it is evident that no man is justified before God by the law; for "He who through faith is righteous shall live"; 12: but the law does not rest on faith, for "He who does them shall live by them."

13: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us -- for it is written, "Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree" -- 14: that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15: To give a human example, brethren: no one annuls even a man's will, or adds to it, once it has been ratified. 16: Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "And to offsprings," referring to many; but, referring to one, "And to your offspring," which is Christ. 17: This is what I mean: the law, which came four hundred and thirty years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18: For if the inheritance is by the law, it is no longer by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise. 19: Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made; and it was ordained by angels through an intermediary. 20: Now an intermediary implies more than one; but God is one. 21: Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not; for if a law had been given which could make alive, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22: But the scripture consigned all things to sin, that what was promised to faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23: Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. 24: So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. 25: But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; 26: for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27: For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29: And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.


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