Bible: Gal 5:1-15

Freedom of the Believer

5:1 For freedom 1  Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke 2  of slavery. 5:2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you at all! 5:3 And I testify again to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey 3  the whole law. 5:4 You who are trying to be declared righteous 4  by the law have been alienated 5  from Christ; you have fallen away from grace! 5:5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait expectantly for the hope of righteousness. 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight – the only thing that matters is faith working through love. 6 

5:7 You were running well; who prevented you from obeying 7  the truth? 5:8 This persuasion 8  does not come from the one who calls you! 5:9 A little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise! 9  5:10 I am confident 10  in the Lord that you will accept no other view. 11  But the one who is confusing 12  you will pay the penalty, 13  whoever he may be. 5:11 Now, brothers and sisters, 14  if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? 15  In that case the offense of the cross 16  has been removed. 17  5:12 I wish those agitators 18  would go so far as to 19  castrate themselves! 20 

Practice Love

5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; 21  only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, 22  but through love serve one another. 23  5:14 For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, 24  namely,You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 25  5:15 However, if you continually bite and devour one another, 26  beware that you are not consumed 27  by one another.

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