Freedom of the Christian
1For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm,#Rm 14:4; Php 1:27 then, and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.#Gl 4:22 2Take note! I, Paul, am telling you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. 3Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to do the entire law. 4You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace.#2Pt 3:18 5For we eagerly await#Jd 21 through the Spirit, by faith, the hope#Rm 8:23–25; 1Th 1:3 of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith#1Th 1:3 working through love.#1Co 13:1; Jms 2:18–22
7You were running well. Who prevented you from being persuaded regarding the truth?#5:7 Or obeying the truth#Jn 8:14; 1Jn 5:20 8This persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.#Col 3:15; 1Pt 1:15 9A little leaven#5:9 Or yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. 10I myself am persuaded in the Lord you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty.#Mk 12:40 11Now brothers and sisters, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross#Lk 9:23 has been abolished. 12I wish those who are disturbing you might also let themselves be mutilated!
13For you were called#Col 3:15 to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity#5:13 Lit a pretext; a military term for abuse of position for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14For the whole law is fulfilled#Mt 1:22 in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.#5:14Lv 19:18#Lv 19:18; Mt 7:12; 19:19; 22:37–40; Jn 13:34 15But if you bite and devour#Gl 5:20; Php 3:2,20 one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.
The Spirit versus the Flesh
16I say, then, walk by the Spirit#Rm 8:4; 1Tm 3:16; 2Pt 1:4; 2:10 and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires#1Pt 2:11 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.#Rm 7:15,23; Php 2:13 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19Now the works of the flesh are obvious:#5:19 Other mss add adultery, sexual immorality,#Mk 7:21; 1Th 4:3 moral impurity,#1Th 4:7 promiscuity,#Mk 7:22 20idolatry,#Col 3:5; 1Pt 4:3 sorcery,#Rv 18:23 hatreds,#Rm 8:7 strife,#Ti 3:9 jealousy,#Jms 3:4 outbursts of anger,#Rv 14:19 selfish ambitions,#Rm 2:8 dissensions,#Rm 16:17 factions,#2Pt 2:1 21envy,#5:21 Other mss add murders,#Rm 1:29 drunkenness, carousing,#Rm 13:13; 1Pt 4:3 and anything similar. I am warning you about these things — as I warned you before — that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.#1Co 6:10; 15:50
22But the fruit of the Spirit#Mt 7:16–20; Rm 6:21; 7:4; 8:5; Eph 5:9 is love,#1Co 13:1; Phm 5 joy,#Jn 15:11; 2Co 6:10 peace, patience,#Ex 34:6; 2Tm 3:10 kindness,#Ps 25:6; 2Co 6:6 goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness,#Jms 3:13 and self-control.#2Pt 1:6 The law is not against such things.#5:23 Or Against such things there is no law 24Now those who belong to Christ Jesus#Nm 3:12 have crucified the flesh#Rm 8:12 with its passions and desires.#2Pt 1:4; 2:10 25If we live#Php 1:21; 3:16 by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.#Php 2:3