Galatians 6: 11-18

Not Circumcision but the New Creation

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!

12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which[fn] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to[fn] the Israel of God.

17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

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i. The marks of the Lord Jesus were not wounds similar to Jesus’ wounds; they are marks that identify – or even “brand” – Paul as a follower of Jesus. In the ancient world, slaves were branded with the name of their master. “Often a master branded his slaves with a mark that showed them to be his. Most likely what Paul means is that the scars of the things he had suffered for Christ are the brands which show him to be Christ’s slave.” (Barclay) I’m not sure if what he is saying means he was branded, or if… Read more »


You are right my Precious Bell, what matters most is our devotion to the Savior of our souls!!! Jesus has overwhelmingly shown His devotion to us when He died on the cross for us!! Then He called each of us out by name!!!
I have to say that this journey through God’s Word with the commentary has helped me grasp a much deeper understanding of His Word then ever before!! I enjoy every moment of it!!! Delicious nutritiousment to my being!!!
Good night Ladies that I Love!! God Bless You and keep You!!!❌🔴❌🔴❌🔴

Paula Langley
Paula Langley

15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.
This seems obvious yet worth repeating, it’s not about what ‘we do’ but ‘who’ we belong to that counts, Christ in us makes us a new creation we only cooperate with Him in the process 🙂 love you ladies xoxo