Ahofadi Wɔ Kristo Mu
1Ahofadi nti na Kristo ama yɛade yɛn ho no. Munnyina pintinn. Mommma ho kwan mma wɔmmfa mo nyɛ nkoa bio.
2Muntie! Me Paulo, meka kyerɛ mo se, sɛ moma ho kwan ma wotwa mo twetia a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ Kristo so amma mfaso biara amma mo koraa. 3Mebɔ mo kɔkɔ bio sɛ obiara a ɔbɛma ho kwan ama wɔatwa no twetia no, na ɛsɛ sɛ odi mmara no nyinaa so. 4Mo a mopɛ sɛ wɔde mmara no bu mo bem no atew mo ho afi Kristo ho. Adom no nni mo so bio. 5Nanso yefi gyidi mu nam Honhom no so twɛn trenee a yɛn ani da so no. 6Kristo Yesu mu no, twetiatwa ne momonotoyɛ so nni mfaso. Nea ɛho hia ne gyidi a ɛnam ɔdɔ so da ne ho adi.
7Na anka moresi mmirikakan no yiye! Na hena na otwintwan mo anan mu ma mugyaee nokware no tie? 8Saa nnaadaa no mfi nea ɔfrɛ mo no. 9“Mmɔkaw kakraa bi na ɛma mmɔre no nyinaa tu.” 10Mewɔ anidaso wɔ Awurade mu sɛ morennwen adwene foforo bi. Onipa ko a ɔde sakasakayɛ reba mo mu no, wobetua ne so ka. 11Anuanom, sɛ migu so ka twetiatwa ho asɛm a, adɛn nti na wɔda so taa me? Na sɛ ɛno na ɛyɛ nokware a, anka mʼasɛm a meka fa Kristo asennua ho no renkɔfa ɔhaw mma. Ɛno de, na anka asennua no ho hintidua biara nni hɔ bio. 12Sɛ ɛkaa me nko a anka wɔn a wɔhaw mo no atwa wɔn ho atwitwa wɔn ho wɔn ho.
13Me nuanom, mo de, wɔfrɛɛ mo sɛ mommɛde mo ho. Nanso mommma saa ahofadi yi mmɔ ɔkwan mma bɔne; mmom momfa ɔdɔ nsom mo ho mo ho. 14Efisɛ Mmara no nyinaa tiaatwa ne sɛ, “Dɔ wo yɔnko sɛ wo ho.” 15Na sɛ mokeka na momemene mo ho mo ho a, ɛno de monhwɛ yiye na moansɛe mo ho mo ho.
Honhom Mu Asetena
16Na mise montena ase wɔ Honhom mu, na moremma ɔhonam akɔnnɔ ho kwan. 17Efisɛ nea ɔhonam pɛ no tia nea Honhom no pɛ; saa ara nso na nea Honhom no pɛ no, ɔhonam no tia. Nʼabien no bɔ abira, enti ɛnsɛ sɛ moyɛ nea mopɛ. 18Sɛ monantew Honhom mu a, na monnhyɛ Mmara ase.
19Dwuma a bɔne su di no da adi pefee. Eyinom ne aguamammɔ, efi, ahohwi, 20abosonsom, aduto, ɔtan, akayɛ, ahoɔyaw, abufuw, aperepere, kunsunkunsun, mpaapaemu, 21nitan, nsabow, agobɔne, ne nneɛma a ɛtete saa. Mebɔ mo kɔkɔ sɛnea mabɔ mo dedaw no se, wɔn a wɔtena ase saa no renkɔ Onyankopɔn Ahenni no mu.
22Na Honhom no aba ne ɔdɔ, anigye, asomdwoe, abodwokyɛre, ayamye, papayɛ, gyidi, 23odwo ne ahohyɛso. Mmara biara nni hɔ a etia eyinom. 24Na wɔn a wɔyɛ Kristo de no abɔ wɔn nipasu no ne honam akɔnnɔ asennua mu. 25Sɛ yɛte Honhom mu yi, momma yɛnnantew Honhom mu. 26Ɛnsɛ sɛ yɛhoahoa yɛn ho, yiyi yɛn ho yɛn ho abufuw, anaa yɛma yɛn ani bere yɛn ho yɛn ho.
Freedom in Christ
1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
2Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is required to obey the whole law. 4You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
7You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9‘A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.’ 10I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offence of the cross has been abolished. 12As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
Life by the Spirit
13You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh5:13 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verses 16, 17, 19 and 24; and in 6:8.; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’5:14 Lev. 19:18 15If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever5:17 Or you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.