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Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Now [note carefully what I am telling you, for it is the truth], I write this as if I were standing before the bar of God; I do not lie.
And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:
only they were hearing that he who persecuted us formerly now announces the glad tidings of the faith which formerly he ravaged:
and they were glorifying God in me.
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
Also Titus which was with me, though he were a Greek, yet was not compelled to be circumcised;
However, false brothers were secretly brought in. They slipped in to spy on the freedom we have in the Messiah Jesus so that they might enslave us.
But we refused to yield for a single instant to their claims; we were determined that the truth of the gospel should hold good for you.
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
but, on the contrary, seeing that the glad tidings of the uncircumcision were confided to me, even as to Peter that of the circumcision,
and when they perceived the grace that was given unto me, James and Cephas and John, they who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship, that we should go unto the Gentiles, and they unto the circumcision;
They only [made one stipulation], that we were to remember the poor, which very thing I was also eager to do.
For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
The rest of the Jewish converts were guilty of the same hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led away by it.
But as soon as I saw that they were not straightforward and were not living up to the truth of the Gospel, I said to Cephas (Peter) before everybody present, If you, though born a Jew, can live [as you have been living] like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how do you dare now to urge and practically force the Gentiles to [comply with the ritual of Judaism and] live like Jews?
But if, while we sought to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, is Christ a minister of sin? God forbid.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
For if the inheritance were by law, it is no more by promise: but God gave it to Abraham through the promise.
Why then was the Law given? It was imposed later on for the sake of defining sin, until the seed should come to whom God had made the promise; and its details were laid down by a mediator with the help of angels.
Is then the law against the promises of God? Far be the thought. For if a law had been given able to quicken, then indeed righteousness were on the principle of law;
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
But when faith was come, we were no longer under a paedagogue.
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Howbeit at that time, not knowing God, ye were in bondage to them that by nature are no gods:
Brethren, I beseech you, be ye as I am; for I also am as ye were: ye have not injured me at all.
Even though my condition put you to the test, you did not despise or reject me. On the contrary, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, or as if I were the Messiah Jesus.
What has become of that blessed enjoyment and satisfaction and self-congratulation that once was yours [in what I taught you and in your regard for me]? For I bear you witness that you would have torn out your own eyes and have given them to me [to replace mine], if that were possible.
you for whom I am again, as it were, undergoing the pains of childbirth, until Christ is fully formed within you.
Would that I were with you now and could coax you vocally, for I am fearful and perplexed about you!
these things have an allegorical meaning: the two women signify the two covenants, the one from mount Sinai, which is represented by Agar, whose children were born in a state of servitude.
ye were freed from the Christ, ye who in law are declared righteous; from the grace ye fell away;
Ye were running well; who hindered you that ye should not obey the truth?
But, brothers, if I were still preaching [that a person had] to be circumcised, why am I being persecuted? [Note: Paul's argument seems to be "I must not be preaching circumcision since I am being persecuted by those who believe in it"]. [If I preached that a person had to be circumcised] then my preaching that Christ died on the cross would not be such an offense [to those who believe in it].
I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
For 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.
As we were designed before by him for the position of sons to himself, through Jesus Christ, in the good pleasure of his purpose,
the same in himself to have it declared when the time were full come: that all things, both the things which are in heaven, and also the things which are in earth, should be gathered together, even in Christ. That is to say, in him
in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will;
so that we should be devoted to the extolling of His glorious attributes--we who were the first to fix our hopes on Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
but God who is rich in mercy, on account of his great love with which he loved us,??5 even when we were dead in sins he made us alive with Christ,??y grace are you saved,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
For by his act we were given existence in Christ Jesus to do those good works which God before made ready for us so that we might do them.
Wherefore, remember, that ye were once the nations in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands,
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
by setting aside the Law with its commandments, expressed, as they were, in definite decrees. His design was to unite the two sections of humanity in Himself so as to form one new man,
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called,
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;
And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:
That ye were to strip off - as regardeth the former behaviour - the old man, who corrupteth himself according to his deceitful covetings,
And were to be getting young again in the spirit of your mind,
And were to put on the man of new mould, who, after God, hath been created in his truthful righteousness and loving kindness.
For this reason, laying aside falsehood, every one of you should speak the truth to his fellow man; for we are, as it were, parts of one another.
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
That is how husbands ought to love their wives--as if they were their own bodies. A man who loves his wife is really loving himself;
because we are, as it were, parts of His Body.
However, for you individually, let each love his wife as if she were himself; and the wife be careful to respect her husband.
Slaves, be obedient to your earthly masters, with respect and eager anxiety to please and with simplicity of motive as if you were obeying Christ.
Not in the way of eye-service [as if they were watching you] and only to please men, but as servants (slaves) of Christ, doing the will of God heartily and with your whole soul;
Serve willingly, as if you were serving the Lord and not merely people,
[This letter is from] Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, [and is being sent] to all the saints [i.e., God's holy people] who are at Philippi [Note: This is a town in present-day northeastern Greece, and the first place in Europe where Paul established Christianity], along with the overseers [Note: These men were also called elders, shepherds or pastors] and deacons.
As it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, who were all partakers of my grace, both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel.
So that my bonds in Christ were manifest in the whole pretorium, and to all the rest;
I am held in constraint, however, by reason of the two, - having, the coveting, to be released, and to be with, Christ, for it were far better!
Do nothing out of a spirit of contention, or for vain-glory, but modestly look upon others as if they were better than yourselves.
Therefore, my dearly-loved friends, as I have always found you obedient, labour earnestly with fear and trembling--not merely as though I were present with you, but much more now since I am absent from you--labour earnestly, I say, to make sure of your own salvation.
because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to provide me with what you were not able to.
Watch out for the "dogs!" [Note: "Dogs" were viewed with disgust by the ancient Jews (Deut. 23:18; II Kings 8:13; Rev. 22:15), so the term is used here derogatorily for Jewish Christians who were trying to impose on the church the requirements of the law of Moses]. Watch out for the evil workers! Watch out for those who mutilate the body meaninglessly! [Note: Paul here alludes, in a derogatory wordplay, to the Jewish practice of circumcision].
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
Not that I speak as if I were in want, for at least have learned how to be content, whatever happens.
But you were kind enough to take your share in my trouble.
But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
He is the likeness of the unseen God, born first before all the creation ??16 for it was by him that all things were created both in heaven and on earth, both the seen and the unseen, including Thrones, angelic Lords, celestial Powers and Rulers; all things have been created by him and for him;
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
rooted and builded up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ;
having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions,
having erased the charges that were brought against us, along with their obligations that were hostile to us. He took those charges away when he nailed them to the cross.
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].
These were a shadow of things that were soon to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
If you were made free, by your death with Christ, from the rules of the world, why do you put yourselves under the authority of orders
which yet were all made to be consumed for our use, notwithstanding the injunctions and doctrines of men:
If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.
Among whom you also once walked, when you were living in and addicted to [such practices].
[In this state] there cannot be [such distinctions as] Greek [i.e., Gentile] and Jew; circumcised people and non-circumcised people; barbarian and Scythian [Note: These last two words refer to foreigners whose language was unintelligible and who were uncivilized heathens], or slave and free person; but Christ is all [that is important] and [He is] in all [of His people].
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.
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