Galatians 3:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 3:26, NIV: So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,

Galatians 3:26, ESV: for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Galatians 3:26, KJV: For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26, NASB: For you are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26, NLT: For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26, CSB: for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus.

What does Galatians 3:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul concludes a thought begun in the previous verses. He has been showing that the law of Moses served a vital role in the life of Israel, but only for a temporary season. It was similar to a kind of tutor, or guardian, to the nation of Israel, steering them through the minefield of sin and its consequences without ever being able to free them from their imprisonment to sin (Galatians 3:19–25).

When Christ came, however, the guardian of the law was no longer needed. No matter what the Judaizers said to the Galatian Christians, it was not necessary for any of them to continue to follow the works of the law. True freedom from sin is now available to those who "by faith" receive the gift of Christ's death for their sin on the cross. In fact, being "in Christ" by faith causes believers to become children of God. Paul is making a huge statement here. He is writing to non-Jewish Christians and calling them children of God, another step up from his previous description of them as Abraham's children "by faith."

Paul's teaching was the Gentiles no longer needed to think of themselves as lesser members in the family of God. All who trust in Christ for salvation are full sons and daughters of God Almighty with all the rights and privileges that come with that.