Christ Has Set Us Free
1For #ver. 13; ch. 2:4; See James 1:25 freedom Christ has #See John 8:32 set us free; #See 1 Cor. 16:13 stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to #Acts 15:10 a yoke of #See ch. 2:4slavery.
2Look: I, Paul, say to you that #ver. 3, 11; Acts 15:1; 1 Cor. 7:18 if you accept circumcision, #See ch. 4:11Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that #Rom. 2:25he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4You are #Rom. 7:6 (Gk.) severed from Christ, #[ch. 2:21; 3:10; Rom. 9:31, 32] you who would be justified#5:4 Or counted righteous by the law; #[Heb. 12:15; 2 Pet. 3:17]you have fallen away from grace. 5For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly #See Rom. 8:23, 25wait for the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus #ch. 6:15; 1 Cor. 7:19; Col. 3:11; See ch. 3:28 neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but #[Eph. 6:23; 1 Thess. 1:3; James 2:18, 20, 22]only faith working through love.
7 # See 1 Cor. 9:24 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying #See ch. 2:5the truth? 8This persuasion is not from #ch. 1:6him who calls you. 9#1 Cor. 5:6; [1 Cor. 15:33; Heb. 12:15]A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10#See 2 Cor. 2:3 I have confidence in the Lord that you will #[Phil. 3:15] take no other view, and #ch. 1:7; [ver. 12]the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11But if I, brothers,#5:11 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 13 still preach#5:11 Greek proclaim circumcision, #ch. 4:29; 6:12 why am I still being persecuted? In that case #1 Cor. 1:23; See 1 Pet. 2:8the offense of the cross has been removed. 12I wish #[ver. 10]; See ch. 2:4those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
13For you were called to freedom, brothers. #1 Pet. 2:16; Jude 4; [1 Cor. 8:9; 2 Pet. 2:19] Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love #1 Cor. 9:19serve one another. 14For #[Matt. 7:12; 22:40] the whole law is fulfilled in one word: #Cited from Lev. 19:18; [ver. 22; ch. 6:2]; See Matt. 19:19; John 13:34“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15But if you #[Phil. 3:2]bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Keep in Step with the Spirit
16But I say, #ver. 24, 25; Rom. 8:4; See Rom. 13:14 walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify #Eph. 2:3the desires of the flesh. 17For #Rom. 7:23; 8:5-7 the 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, #Rom. 7:15, 18, 19to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18But if you are #Rom. 8:14 led by the Spirit, #See Rom. 7:4you are not under the law. 19Now #1 Cor. 3:3; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5; James 3:14, 15; [Matt. 15:18-20]the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, #1 Cor. 11:19divisions, 21envy,#5:21 Some manuscripts add murder drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that #[Col. 3:6]; See 1 Cor. 6:9those who do#5:21 Or make a practice of doing such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But #[Rom. 7:4; 8:5; Eph. 5:9] the fruit of the Spirit is #See Rom. 5:1-5; Col. 3:12-17 love, joy, peace, patience, #2 Cor. 6:6kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23#Eph. 4:2 gentleness, #Acts 24:25 self-control; #1 Tim. 1:9against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus #[ver. 16]; See Rom. 6:6 have crucified the flesh with its #Rom. 7:5passions and desires.
25If we live by the Spirit, #[ver. 16]let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26#Phil. 2:3Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.