Galatians 5

Freedom of the Christian

1 Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm a then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery. b 2Take note! I, Paul, tell you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. 3 Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law. 4You who are trying to be
justification/justify/justified: The act of God as judge that declares sinners (who were in the wrong) to be right or righteous in His sight. God is just in doing this because Jesus died on the cross to take away their sins and to give them His own righteousness (2Co 5:21). The sinner receives this justification by faith and by grace when he trusts Christ's work.
justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace. d
5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait e for the hope f of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith g working through love. h

7You were running well. Who prevented you from obeying the truth? i 8 This persuasion did not come from the One who called you. j 9A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough. 10 I have confidence in the Lord you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. k 11 Now
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross m has been abolished.
12I wish those who are disturbing you might also get themselves castrated!

13 For you were called n to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled o in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. p , q 15 But if you bite and devour r one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.

The Spirit versus the Flesh

16 I say then,
walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"
walk by the Spirit t and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
17 For the flesh desires u what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. v 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
Other mss add adultery
Lit obvious, which are:
sexual immorality y moral impurity z promiscuity aa
20 idolatry ab sorcery ac hatreds ad strife ae jealousy af outbursts of anger ag selfish ambitions ah dissensions ai factions aj 21 envy
Other mss add murders
al drunkenness, carousing am and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance – as I told you before – that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. an

22 But the fruit of the Spirit ao is love ap joy aq peace, patience ar kindness as goodness, faith
Or faithfulness
23 gentleness au self-control. av Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus aw have crucified the flesh ax with its passions and desires. ay 25 Since we live az by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. ba
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