But the men will agree to live with us and be one people only on this condition: if all our men are circumcised as they are.
We will agree with you only on this condition: if all your males are circumcised as we are.
Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved!”
But some of the believers from the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses!”
Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised—but only to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.
For even the circumcised don’t keep the law themselves; however, they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh.
Now brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.
But they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, by telling them not to circumcise their children or to walk in our customs.
A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who fulfills the law, will judge you who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter of the law and circumcision.
So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?
For he regularly ate with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party.
For there are also many rebellious people, full of empty talk and deception, especially those from Judaism.
So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands.
1 Corinthians 7:18
Was anyone already circumcised when he was called? He should not undo his circumcision. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised.
1 Corinthians 7:19
Circumcision does not matter and uncircumcision does not matter, but keeping God’s commands does.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love.
For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation.
Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness.
And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also. And he became the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith our father Abraham had while he was still uncircumcised.
In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.
since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
But not even Titus who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
Take note! I, Paul, tell you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law.