Keep Your Freedom
1We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong in that freedom. Don’t go back into slavery again. 2Listen! I, Paul, tell you that if you start following the law by being circumcised, then Christ cannot help you. 3Again, I warn everyone: If you allow yourselves to be circumcised, then you must follow the whole law. 4If you try to be made right with God through the law, your life with Christ is finished—you have left God’s grace. 5I say this because our hope of being right with God comes through faith. And the Spirit helps us feel sure as we wait for that hope. 6When someone belongs to Christ Jesus, it is not important if they are circumcised or not. The important thing is faith—the kind of faith that works through love.
7You were doing so well. Who caused you to stop following the truth? 8It certainly wasn’t the one who chose you. 9Be careful! “Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise.”#5:9 “Just … rise” A proverb meaning that a small thing (like a little wrong teaching) can make a big problem or that just one person can have a bad influence on the whole group. 10I trust in the Lord that you will not believe those different ideas. Someone is trying to confuse you. Whoever it is will be punished.
11My brothers and sisters, I don’t teach that a man must be circumcised. If I do teach circumcision, then why am I still being persecuted? If I still taught circumcision, then my message about the cross would not be a problem. 12I wish those people who are bothering you would add castration#5:12 castration Paul uses a word that means “to cut off” in place of “circumcision,” which means “to cut around,” to show how angry he is at the false teachers for forcing non-Jewish men to be circumcised. to their circumcision.
13My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love. 14The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighbor#5:14 your neighbor Or “others.” Jesus’ teaching in Lk. 10:25-37 makes clear that this includes anyone in need. the same as you love yourself.”#Quote from Lev. 19:18 15If you continue hurting each other and tearing each other apart, be careful, or you will completely destroy each other.
The Spirit and Human Nature
16So I tell you, live the way the Spirit leads you. Then you will not do the evil things your sinful self wants. 17The sinful self wants what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against the sinful self. They are always fighting against each other, so that you don’t do what you really want to do. 18But if you let the Spirit lead you, you are not under law.#5:18 law Here, a law system, like the Law of Moses.
19The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, 20worshiping false gods, taking part in witchcraft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous, angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups, 21being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties, and doing other things like this. I warn you now as I warned you before: The people who do these things will not have a part in God’s kingdom. 22But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful self. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do. 25We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit. 26We must not feel proud and boast about ourselves. We must not cause trouble for each other or be jealous of each other.
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