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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.

  1. 1Paul is using double entendre, comparing the act of circumcision to what happens when people separate themselves from the favor of God by going back under the Law.
  2. 2Once again Paul is using crudity in his ire against those advocating circumcision.