Christ has set us free. He wants us to enjoy freedom. So stand firm. Don't let the chains of slavery hold you again.
Here is what I, Paul, say to you. Don't let yourselves be circumcised. If you do, Christ won't be of any value to you.
I say it again. Every man who lets himself be circumcised must obey the whole law.
Some of you are trying to be made right with God by obeying the law. You have been separated from Christ. You have fallen away from God's grace.
But we expect to be made completely holy because of our faith in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit we wait in hope.
Circumcision and uncircumcision aren't worth anything to those who believe in Christ Jesus. The only thing that really counts is faith that shows itself through love.