For freedom Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, therefore,
and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Listen! I, Paul, am telling you
that if you let yourselves be circumcised,
Christ will be of no benefit to you.
Once again I testify to every man
who lets himself be circumcised
that he is obliged to obey the entire law.
You who want to be justified by the law
have cut yourselves off from Christ;
you have fallen away from grace.
For through the Spirit, by faith,
we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision
counts for anything;
the only thing that counts
is faith working through love.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.