The apostle Paul is writing to these Christians in the Galatian region to inform them of the freedom they have received in Christ. By obeying the works of the law and allowing themselves to be circumcised, however, they are enslaving themselves and Christ is of no benefit to them. Paul is so concerned that these false teachers will turn these Christians away from the gospel that we wishes that since they teach circumcision they would use the knife on themselves. Your free from your sins in Christ. There is nothing else that is to be added to receive justification. By relying on oneself for justification you have cut yourself off from Christ and have fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4). How freeing it is to know that we do not have depend upon our righteousness to be saved! As Paul said in Galatians 5:5 it is by faith that we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
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