|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?
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you
For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor
to do the whole law.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by
the law; ye are fallen from grace.
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor
uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.||
Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?||
This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.||
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.||
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.||
"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."
And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer
persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for
an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself.
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed
one of another.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of
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.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
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.
But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one