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In these passages Paul continues to speak to the Galatians about their distortion of the Gospel message. They were saying that belief and trust in Jesus Christ was not sufficient to be saved.  Circumcision was necessary. They were saying that new Gentile converts were not to be accepted into the church until they were circumcised.

Additionally, the Apostle Peter was hesitant to associate with Gentile believers who were not circumcised. He did not want to offend the Jewish believers.

So, Paul even contended with Peter calling him a hypocrite. Paul knew that Peter did associate with uncircumcised Gentiles when the Jewish members of the church were not around.

Church leaders finally agreed that circumcision was not necessary for church membership. Belief in Jesus was sufficient.

The Bible says that we are justified by Faith in Jesus Christ, not by works of the Law. A person’s belief is most important. However, true belief will be evidenced by good works.

So, I guess the real debate about circumcision should be centered around this question. Is circumcision, which is a work, evidence of one’s Faith in Jesus Christ?