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Galatians 5

5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (5:2) "If ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing."
(You canít be saved if youíre circumcised?)
Is circumcision required?

(5:4) "Ye are fallen from grace."
Is it possible to fall from grace?

5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing
5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
5:8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
5:10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. (5:12)
"I would they were even cut off which trouble you."
Gosh, that doesn't sound very nice. But I wonder what Paul meant by "cut off". The New Revised Standard Version translates this verse as: "I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!"

(5:13) "By love serve one another."

(5:14) "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
How should nonbelievers be treated?

(5:18) "If ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law."
Must Christians follow the OT laws?

(5:19) "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ... lasciviousness."
Is dancing a sin?

(5:20-21) "Idolatry, witchcraft ... heresies ... drunkenness, revellings, and such like. They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
Is it OK to drink alcohol?

(5:22-26) Love, joy, peace, etc.

(5:22-23) "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, ... meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

(5:26) "Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another."

5:11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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