In the Lord I have confidence in you that you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is who is troubling you will pay the penalty.
I wish those who are disturbing you might also get themselves castrated!
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!"
Because we have heard that some to whom we gave no authorization went out from us and troubled you with their words and unsettled your hearts,
And men from among yourselves will rise up with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
What I say in this matter of boasting, I don't speak as the Lord would, but foolishly.
On frequent journeys, [I faced] dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the open country, dangers on the sea, and dangers among false brothers;
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions,
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves.
Many will follow their unrestrained ways, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.
For certain men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed.
The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith.
But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,
for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Christ has liberated us into freedom. Therefore stand firm and don't submit again to a yoke of slavery.
For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don't use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.
I will walk freely in an open place because I seek Your precepts.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
"We are descendants of Abraham," they answered Him, "and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say, 'You will become free'?"
Jesus responded, "I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever.
Therefore if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
As God's slaves, [live] as free people, but don't use your freedom as a way to conceal evil.
They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, since people are enslaved to whatever defeats them.
In the same way we also, when we were children, were in slavery under the elemental forces of the world.
But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?
You observe [special] days, months, seasons, and years.
Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
I will put it into the hands of your tormenters, who said to you: Lie down, so we can walk over you. You made your back like the ground, and like a street for those who walk on it.
In fact, you put up with it if someone enslaves you, if someone devours you, if someone captures you, if someone dominates you, or if someone hits you in the face.