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Galatians 5 (asv)

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The Allegory of Hagar and Sarah (continued)

5:1For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

The Nature of Christian Freedom

5:2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that, if ye receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing. 5:3Yea, I testify again to every man that receiveth circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 5:4Ye are severed from Christ, ye would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace. 5:5For we through the Spirit by faith wait for the hope of righteousness. 5:6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith working through love.

5:7Ye were running well; who hindered you that ye should not obey the truth? 5:8This persuasion came not of him that calleth you. 5:9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 5:10I have confidence to you-ward in the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 5:11But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? then hath the stumbling-block of the cross been done away. 5:12I would that they that unsettle you would even go beyond circumcision.

5:13For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another. 5:14For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 5:15But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

The Works of the Flesh

5:16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh1. 5:17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.2 5:18But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 5:19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 5:20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, 5:21envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The Fruit of the Spirit

5:22But the fruit of the Spirit1 is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23meekness, self-control; against such there is no law. 5:24And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof. 5:25If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk. 5:26Let us not become vainglorious, provoking one another, envying one another.


  1. Flesh, Body, Spirit. Flesh is sarx. Body is soma. Spirit is pneuma. Distinguish flesh from body. Unity has always claimed that the body is not evil and it is not an illusion!
  2. for these are contrary the one to the other. See Herod in MBD. Herod regrets making his promise to Herodia.

Preceding Entry: Galatians 4
Following Entry: Galatians 6