Thematic Bible




Thematic Bible



having abolished in his flesh the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create of the two one new man in himself, thus making peace,


As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, these are constraining you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

But there rose up certain believers of the sect of the Pharisees, saying, It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and the elders came together to consider this matter. And after much debate, Peter rose up and said to them, Brethren, ye know that a long time ago God made choice among you, that by my mouth the gentiles should hear the word of the glad tidings, and believe. read more.
And God, who knoweth the heart, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, as he gave it to us; and made no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts by faith. Now therefore why do ye provoke the anger of God, by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same manner as they. And all the multitude became silent, and listened to Barnabas and Paul, while they related what great signs and wonders God had wrought among the gentiles by them. And after they had done speaking, James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken to me. Simeon hath related how God first visited the gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And with this agree the words of the Prophets, as it is written: "After this I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which hath fallen; and I will rebuild its ruins, and will set it up; that the rest of men may seek after the Lord, and all the gentiles, who have been called by my name, saith the Lord, who doeth these things, which were known from the beginning." Wherefore my judgment is, that we should not trouble those who from among the gentiles are turning to God; but that we should write to them by letter to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from that which hath been strangled, and from blood. For Moses from the times of old hath had in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath. Then it was decided by the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among themselves, and send them to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren. And they wrote by them, "The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to the brethren who are from the gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting. Whereas we have heard, that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, to whom we gave no command; it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to choose men and send them to you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who will themselves tell you the same things by word of mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us, to lay upon you no further burden except these necessary things: to abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, ye will do well. Farewell."

Seeing there is but one God, who will accept the circumcised as righteous by faith, and the uncircumcised through faith.

Doth this blessedness belong to the circumcised alone, or to the uncircumcised also? For we are saying that Abrahams faith was accounted as righteousness. How then was it so accounted? After his circumcision, or while he was uncircumcised? Not after he was circumcised, but while he was uncircumcised. And he received the outward sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while he was uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all the uncircumcised who have faith, so that righteousness might be put to their account also;

Was any one called being circumcised, let him not become as if uncircumcised; hath any one been called in uncircumcision, let him not become circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised; and that because of the false brethren stealthily brought in, who crept in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring into bondage;

Behold, I Paul say to you, that if ye are circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing; yea, I testify again to every one who becometh circumcised, that he is bound to keep the whole Law. Ye are entirely separated from Christ, who seek to obtain righteousness through the Law; ye have fallen away from grace. read more.
For we through the Spirit by faith steadfastly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith working by love. Ye were running well; who hindered you, that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion came not from him that called you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I indeed have confidence in regard to you in the Lord, that ye will be no otherwise minded; but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whoever he may be. But as for me, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then hath the cross ceased to be a stumblingblock.

Wherefore remember, that in time past ye, the gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcised by those who are called circumcised, having the circumcision of the flesh, performed by hand,



And he gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so he begat Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs.

What then is the advantage of the Jew? or what the benefit of circumcision?

And he received the outward sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while he was uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all the uncircumcised who have faith, so that righteousness might be put to their account also;

nor because they are descendants of Abraham are they all children; but, "Thy offspring shall be reckoned from Isaac." That is, not the children by natural descent are children of God, but the children to whom the promise is made are accounted as the offspring. For the word of promise is this: "At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son." read more.
And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived by one man, our father Isaac, before the children were born, or had done any thing good or evil, to the end that Gods purpose according to election might stand, not depending on works, but on the will of him that calleth, it was said to her, "The elder shall serve the younger:" as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."

yea, I testify again to every one who becometh circumcised, that he is bound to keep the whole Law.



yea, I testify again to every one who becometh circumcised, that he is bound to keep the whole Law. Ye are entirely separated from Christ, who seek to obtain righteousness through the Law; ye have fallen away from grace.


yea, I testify again to every one who becometh circumcised, that he is bound to keep the whole Law.


yea, I testify again to every one who becometh circumcised, that he is bound to keep the whole Law.


Stand firm in the liberty with which Christ made us free, and be not again bound fast to the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say to you, that if ye are circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing; yea, I testify again to every one who becometh circumcised, that he is bound to keep the whole Law. read more.
Ye are entirely separated from Christ, who seek to obtain righteousness through the Law; ye have fallen away from grace. For we through the Spirit by faith steadfastly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith working by love. Ye were running well; who hindered you, that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion came not from him that called you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I indeed have confidence in regard to you in the Lord, that ye will be no otherwise minded; but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whoever he may be. But as for me, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then hath the cross ceased to be a stumblingblock. Would that they who unsettle you would quite cut themselves off! For ye, brethren, were called to liberty; only use not your liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by your love serve one another.


For I esteem the sufferings of the present time as of no account, when compared with the glory which is about to be revealed to us. For the earnest expectation of the creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creation was brought into subjection to vanity not of its own will, but by reason of him who put it into subjection, read more.
in hope that even the creation itself will be set free from the bondage of corruption and brought into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation is together groaning and suffering the pains of labor, up to this time; and not only so, but even we ourselves also, though having the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption as sons, for the redemption of our body.

Stand firm in the liberty with which Christ made us free, and be not again bound fast to the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say to you, that if ye are circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing; yea, I testify again to every one who becometh circumcised, that he is bound to keep the whole Law. read more.
Ye are entirely separated from Christ, who seek to obtain righteousness through the Law; ye have fallen away from grace. For we through the Spirit by faith steadfastly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith working by love.