Freedom is what we have - Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again.
Listen! I, Paul, tell you that if you allow yourselves to be circumcised, it means that Christ is of no use to you at all.
Once more I warn any man who allows himself to be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the whole Law.
Those of you who try to be put right with God by obeying the Law have cut yourselves off from Christ. You are outside God's grace.
As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him; and this is what we wait for by the power of God's Spirit working through our faith.
For when we are in union with Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor the lack of it makes any difference at all; what matters is faith that works through love.
You were doing so well! Who made you stop obeying the truth? How did he persuade you?
It was not done by God, who calls you.
"It takes only a little yeast to make the whole batch of dough rise," as they say. 1
But I still feel confident about you. Our life in union with the Lord makes me confident that you will not take a different view and that whoever is upsetting you will be punished by God.
But as for me, my friends, if I continue to preach that circumcision is necessary, why am I still being persecuted? If that were true, then my preaching about the cross of Christ would cause no trouble.
I wish that the people who are upsetting you would go all the way; let them go on and castrate themselves!