If anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one we have already preached to you, whether it be ourselves or an angel from heaven, he is to be condemned. If anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one you have already heard, he is to be condemned.
The Good News is not a human message given by men. It is something learned only through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
All baptised in Christ, you have all clothed yourselves in Christ, and there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
When Christ freed us, He meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
You were called to liberty, but be careful or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence.
Serve one another in works of love, since the whole Law is summarised in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself.
If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit.
When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility, idolatry and sorcery, feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels, disagreements, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and similar things. Those who behave like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that.
Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit. We must stop being conceited, provocative and envious.
If one of you misbehaves, the more spiritual of you who set him right should do so in a spirit of gentleness, not forgetting that you may be tempted yourselves.
You should carry each other’s troubles and fulfill the law of Christ.
Don’t delude yourself into thinking God can be cheated: where a man sows, there he reaps.
We must never get tired of doing good because if we don’t give up the struggle we shall get our harvest at the proper time. While we have the chance, we must do good to all, and especially to our brothers in the faith.
All texts are taken from the Jerusalem Bible (1966).