Some people are trying to force you to be circumcised so the Jews will accept them. They are afraid they will be attacked if they follow only the cross of Christ.[a] Those who are circumcised do not obey the law themselves, but they want you to be circumcised so they can brag about what they forced you to do. I hope I will never brag about things like that. The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is my only reason for bragging. Through the cross of Jesus my world was crucified, and I died to the world. It is not important if a man is circumcised or uncircumcised. The important thing is being the new people God has made. Peace and mercy to those who follow this rule — and to all of God’s people.
So do not give me any more trouble. I have scars on my body that show[b] I belong to Christ Jesus.
My brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Hebrews 11: 6 Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find him.
Hebrews 10:38-39 Those who are right with me will live by faith. But if they turn back with fear, I will not be pleased with them.” Habakkuk 2:3–4
But we are not those who turn back and are lost. We are people who have faith and are saved.
Genesis 15:5-6 Then God led Abram outside and said, “Look at the sky. There are so many stars you cannot count them. Your descendants also will be too many to count.”
Abram believed the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abram’s faith, and that faith made him right with God.
Do you think I am trying to make people accept me? No, God is the One I am trying to please. Am I trying to please people? If I still wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 5:25-26 We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit. We must not be proud or make trouble with each other or be jealous of each other.
2 Corinthians 5:17 If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!
Additional verse references:
2 Corinthians 11:23-28
Notes & Quotes
“Get up! God sent you here to do a job, get up and get it done.” ~ Brother Troops
Don’t succumb to the unbelief of the moment. Don’t draw back. God called you for this moment.
People will offer you an alternate way – full of religion, but not full of faith. They offer things that require a lot of human effort. Don’t trust it.
You have life in the Spirit, you do not need exterior signs of God’s presence in your life.
If any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Without faith it is impossible to please God. To please God you must first believe that God is.
Don’t believe speech that has no power or no life – man-centered, man-focused. Theses speakers draw to themselves, not to Jesus.
The biggest assault on the Church of Christ is always from within.
I am not going to draw back. I am going to move forward by faith.