Galatians 5:1-15 NIV

Freedom in Christ

1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.1 Stand firm,2 then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.3

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2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised,4 Christ will be of no value to you at all.

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      3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.5

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      4 You who are trying to be justified by law6 have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.7

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      5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.8

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      6 For in Christ Jesus9 neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.10 The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.11

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      7 You were running a good race.12 Who cut in on you13 and kept you from obeying the truth?

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      8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.14

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      9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."15

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      10 I am confident16 in the Lord that you will take no other view.17 The one who is throwing you into confusion18 will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.

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      11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted?19 In that case the offense20 of the cross has been abolished.

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      12 As for those agitators,21 I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

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          13 You, my brothers, were called to be free.22 But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful naturea;23 rather, serve one another24 in love.

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            • a 5:13 - Or "the flesh"; also in verses 16, 17, 19 and 24
              14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."b25

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              15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.