Christ Has Set Us Free1For afreedom Christ has bset us free; cstand firm therefore, and do not submit again to da yoke of eslavery.
2Look: I, Paul, say to you that fif you accept circumcision, gChrist will be of no advantage to you. 3I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that hhe is obligated to keep the whole law. 4You are isevered from Christ, jyou who would be justified ▼
▼Or counted righteousby the law; lyou have fallen away from grace. 5For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly mwait for the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus nneither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but oonly faith working through love.
7 pYou were running well. Who hindered you from obeying qthe truth? 8This persuasion is not from rhim who calls you. 9 sA little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 tI have confidence in the Lord that you will utake no other view, and vthe one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11But if I, brothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sisters; also verse 13still preach ▼
▼Greek proclaimcircumcision, ywhy am I still being persecuted? In that case zthe offense of the cross has been removed. 12I wish aathose who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
13For you were called to freedom, brothers. abOnly do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love acserve one another. 14For adthe whole law is fulfilled in one word: ae“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15But if you afbite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Keep in Step with the Spirit16But I say, agwalk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify ahthe desires of the flesh. 17For aithe desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, ajto keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18But if you are akled by the Spirit, alyou are not under the law. 19Now amthe works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, andivisions, 21envy ▼
▼Some manuscripts add murderdrunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that apthose who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But aqthe fruit of the Spirit is arlove, joy, peace, patience, askindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 atgentleness, auself-control; avagainst such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus awhave crucified the flesh with its axpassions and desires.
25If we live by the Spirit, aylet us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 azLet us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
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