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.
E. Restoring the Fallen One
in a Spirit of Meekness
1 Brothers, even if a man is overtaken in some offense, you who are 1aspiritual brestore such a one in a 2cspirit of dmeekness, looking to yourself lest you also be etempted.
F. Completely Fulfilling the Law of Christ
2 Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the 1alaw of Christ completely.
3 For if anyone 1athinks he is something when he is nothing, he bdeceives himself.
4 But let each man aprove his own work, and then he will have his boast in regard to himself alone and not in regard to another.
5 For each one shall bear his own load.
6 But let him who is instructed in the word ashare in all 1good things with him who instructs.
G. Sowing Not unto the Flesh
but unto the Spirit
7 Do not be 1adeceived: God is not bmocked; for whatever a man csows, this he will also reap.
8 For he who sows 1unto his own 2aflesh will breap 3ccorruption of the flesh, but he who dsows 1unto the 2eSpirit will fof the Spirit reap 3geternal life.
9 And let us anot lose heart in doing what is good, for in the proper season we will reap if we 1do not bfaint.
10 So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do what is 1agood toward all, but especially toward those of the 2bhousehold of the 3cfaith.
H. Having Been Crucified
to the Religious World
to Live a New Creation
11 See with what 1large letters I have written to you with my aown hand.
12 As many as desire to make a 1good show 2in the flesh, these compel you to be acircumcised, but only that they may not be bpersecuted for the ccross of Christ.
13 For neither do they that become circumcised akeep the law themselves, but they desire you to be circumcised that they may boast bin your flesh.
14 But far be it from me to aboast except in the 1bcross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through 2whom the 3world has been ccrucified to me and I to the world.
15 For neither is 1acircumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but a 1bnew creation is what matters.
16 And as many as 1walk by this 2arule, 3bpeace be upon them and mercy, even upon the 4cIsrael of God.
I. Bearing the Brands of Jesus
17 Henceforth let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the 1abrands of Jesus.