THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
III. The Walk of God's Children
A. Not Entangled by
the Yoke of Slavery under Law
1 It is for 1afreedom that Christ has set us free; 2bstand fast therefore, and do not be 3entangled with a 4cyoke of dslavery again.
B. Not Separated from Christ
2 Behold, I Paul say to you that if you become 1acircumcised, Christ will profit you 2nothing.
3 And I testify again to every man who becomes acircumcised that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 You have been 1brought to nought, separated from Christ, you who are being justified by alaw; you have 2bfallen from cgrace.
5 For we 1aby the Spirit 2bout of faith ceagerly await the 3dhope of erighteousness.
6 For ain Christ Jesus neither bcircumcision 1avails anything nor uncircumcision, but cfaith avails, 2operating through 3love.
7 You were arunning well. bWho hindered you that you would not believe and obey the 1ctruth?
8 This 1apersuasion is not of Him who bcalls you.
9 A little 1aleaven leavens the 1whole lump.
10 I am aconfident in the Lord concerning you that you will be bof no other mind; but he who is ctroubling you shall bear the judgment, whoever he may be.
11 But I, brothers, if I still preach 1acircumcision, why am I still being bpersecuted? Then the cstumbling block of the 1cross has been annulled.
12 I wish that those aupsetting you would even 1cut themselves off.
C. Not Indulging the Flesh
but Serving through Love
13 For you were acalled for 1bfreedom, brothers; only do not cturn this dfreedom into an opportunity for the 2flesh, but through elove 3fserve one another.
14 For the whole alaw is fulfilled in one word, in this, b"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.''
15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another.
D. Walking by the Spirit, Not by the Flesh
16 But I say, 1aWalk bby the 2Spirit and you shall by no means cfulfill the dlust of the 2flesh.
17 For the 1flesh lusts aagainst the 2Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these 3oppose each other that you would not do the things that you bdesire.
18 But if you are aled by the 1Spirit, you are bnot under the 1law.
19 And the 1works of the flesh are manifest, which are such things as 2fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 1Idolatry, asorcery, 2enmities, bstrife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, 3factions, cdivisions, 4dsects,
21 aEnvyings, 1bouts of drunkenness, carousings, and things like these, of which I tell you beforehand, even as I have said before, that those who practice such things will bnot 2inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the 1afruit of the Spirit is blove, cjoy, dpeace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 Meekness, aself-control; against such things there is bno law.
24 1But they who are aof Christ Jesus 2have 3bcrucified the cflesh with its passions and its lusts.
25 If we 1live by the Spirit, let us also 2awalk by the Spirit.
26 Let us 1not become avainglorious, provoking one another, benvying one another.