V. Exhortation to Christian Living CHAPTER 5 5 The Importance of Faith. [S] 1For freedom[T] Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. 2It is I, Paul, who am telling you that if you have yourselves circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3Once again I declare to every man who has himself circumcised that he is bound to observe the entire law.[U] 4You are separated from Christ, you who are trying to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.[V] Be Not Misled. [W] 7You were running well;[X] who hindered you from following [the] truth? 8That enticement does not come from the one who called you.[Y] 9A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. 10I am confident of you in the Lord that you will not take a different view, and that the one who is troubling you will bear the condemnation, whoever he may be. 11As for me, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision,[Z] why am I still being persecuted? In that case, the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. 12Would that those who are upsetting you might also castrate themselves![A] Freedom for Service. [B] 13For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve[C] one another through love. 14For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[D] 15But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another. 16I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.[E] 17For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want. 18But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19[F] Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, 20idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, 21occasions of envy,[G] drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self–control. Against such there is no law. 24Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. 26Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another.
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