5:1The Anointed has set us free, so stand firm and do not strap yourselves to slavery again.5:2Now look! I, Paul, am telling you that if allow yourselves to be circumcised, then the Anointed will be of no use to you.5:3I solemnly testify to you that everyone who does this is obligated to perform the whole Law perfectly.5:4You who think justification comes from the Law have been “cut away” from the Anointed and “fallen off” of God’s favor!1
5:5We who are of the Spirit hope in faith for the justice we await.5:6For in Anointed Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision matters, but only faith operating through love.5:7You were running a great race; who cut in on you and pushed you away from the truth?5:8This gullibility certainly doesn’t come from the One who called you!5:9“It only takes a little yeast to make the whole loaf rise.”5:10But I have confidence in you from the Master, that you will get back on course. Yet the one who is disturbing you will face judgment, whoever it may be.5:11Sisters and brothers, if I am still pushing circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? That would only disable the “trap” of the cross.5:12If only those who are disturbing you would keep cutting until the whole thing is gone!2
5:13You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters— not freedom to indulge the flesh but to enslave yourselves to each other out of love.5:14For the entire Law is encapsulated in this one sentence: “You must love others as you love yourself.”5:15But if you keep backbiting each other, beware that you don’t consume each other!5:16So I say, keep in step with the Spirit and do not give in to the cravings of the flesh.5:17For flesh and Spirit continually fight against each other and get in the way of your doing what you want.5:18But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under law.
5:19Now what the flesh does is obvious: promiscuity, impurity, vice,5:20idolatry, sorcery, hostility, rivalry, tension, fits of rage, factions, disputes, divisions,5:21envy, drunkenness, wild parties and so on. I warned you about all that, just as I warned you that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.5:22But the evidence of the Spirit is love, happiness, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness,5:23gentleness, and self-control; there is no law against any of that.5:24Now those of us who are united with Anointed Jesus have crucified the flesh with its feelings and desires.5:25If we are living in the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit.5:26Then we will not become conceited, challenging and envying each other.