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13 Not even those who are circumcised keep every detail of the written law. Yet they push you to be circumcised so that they can boast that you have become like them.[a]

14 May my only boast be found in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. In him I have been crucified to this natural realm;[b] and the natural realm is dead to me and no longer dominates my life.

15 Whether a man is circumcised or uncircumcised is meaningless to me. What really matters is the transforming power of this new creation life. 16 And all those who live in agreement with this standard will have true peace and God’s delight, for they are the Israel of God.[c]

17 From now on, let no one cause me to suffer further, for I am carrying the very scars[d] of our Lord Jesus in my body. 18 Finally my beloved ones—may the wonderful grace of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, be flowing in your spirit.[e] So shall it be!

In Messiah’s love,

Paul

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Footnotes

  1. 6:13 Or “so that they can boast about your flesh.”
  2. 6:14 Or “the world.”
  3. 6:16 See ch. 3:7, 9, 29; Rom. 2:29; 4:12; 9:6–8; Phil. 3:3.
  4. 6:17 The Aramaic word for “scars” can also mean “death marks” or “stigmata.”
  5. 6:18 Or “with your spirits.” See 2 Tim. 4:22.

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