A shorter take on Galatians 5

Christ has set us free. Stand firm and do not submit again to slavery.

If you let yourselves be circumcised (following the law), Christ will be of no benefit to you. Follow one law and you are obliged to obey the entire law.

If you want the law, you have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

Through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. The only thing that counts is faith working through love.

You were doing well. Who stopped you? Whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty.

You can tell I’m not preaching the law because I’m being attacked. If I preached the law, I would not be persecuted. I preach Christ, and the cross is an offense to legalists.

I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!

You were called to freedom, but do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence. Instead, through love, become slaves to one another.

The whole law is summed up in one commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour one another, you will be consumed by one another.

Live by the Spirit and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. What the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh.

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.

The works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these.

I am warning you, as I warned you before: Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

(This shortened take on Galatians 5 is based on the New Revised Standard Version of Scripture.)

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