22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? If you do these, the law will condemn you as an offender. The weight of the law descends on you and you suffer the result. The enforcers penalize you and you suffer.
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? When you boast about the importance of the law, and then break it yourself, you do God a double disservice. He has a right to be twice as angry with you, not half as angry.
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. It says do not blaspheme, and a Jew would be careful not to offend in this matter, and yet the whole nation is called to account. Psalm 51:4 records these words; “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” It is a horror to be accused by God of such a thing, but the eyes of the world are on them, and these people want to see the God of Israel. Break the law and you blaspheme God.
25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. When you break the law you are as the uncircumcised to God. Being uncircumcised is bad enough, being made one is something else. Circumcised to connect to the faith of Abraham. Described in the law, but related to faith. When we betray the law we show what we believe. It is clear we believe it does not matter.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? Gentiles believe it does matter. That is a reasonable argument. If you break the law you become like them, if they keep the law they become like you. It comes down to what we believe.
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? You are busy judging Gentiles because they are uncircumcised, but when they are counted as circumcised, they can judge you.
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh. This was all news to the Jew, who preferred not to look at things after the spirit of the law, but rather according to the letter of the law.
29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God. You keep the law, and men see what you do and applaud. If you walk in the spirit of the law God is the one who sees this and he applauds this person. Who are you trying to please, men or God? The person walking in the spirit believes God sees and knows. The person pleasing men, imagines God does not see and know.