Those of you who try to earn God’s approval by obeying his laws have been cut off from Christ. You have fallen out of God’s favor. However, in our spiritual nature, faith causes us to wait eagerly for the confidence that comes with God’s approval.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
King James Version (KJV)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.
New International Version (NIV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)
Christ is useless to you if you are counting on clearing your debt to God by keeping those laws; you are lost from God’s grace.
But we by the help of the Holy Spirit are counting on Christ’s death to clear away our sins and make us right with God.
The Living Bible (TLB)
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