I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?
This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?
Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by keeping the law? Of course not, for the Holy Spirit came upon you only after you believed the message you heard about Christ.
Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God's Message to you?
Give me an answer to this one question, Did the Spirit come to you through the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard?
This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
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1 tn Grk “by [the] works of [the] law,” a reference to observing the Mosaic law.
2 tn Grk “by [the] hearing of faith.”