Galatians 6:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 6:15, NIV: Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.

Galatians 6:15, ESV: For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

Galatians 6:15, KJV: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Galatians 6:15, NASB: For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

Galatians 6:15, NLT: It doesn't matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.

Galatians 6:15, CSB: For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation.

What does Galatians 6:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the last few words of this letter, Paul repeats the point weighing most heavily on his mind: Now that Christ has come, it does not matter in any way in the eyes of God whether someone is circumcised or not. This is meant specifically to counter the poisonous false teachings of those who want to require rituals and sacraments for salvation (Galatians 2:4).

When he wrote that in Galatians 5:6, he stated that what truly matters is faith working through love. Now he has a bigger perspective of that same claim. What matters is that someone is a new creation. In other words, it's not about an alteration to one part of the body, it's about what God does in the heart to make a person brand new in Christ. This dovetails with Paul's dismissal of race, gender, or wealth as meaningful to our relationship to God (Galatians 3:23–29).

His second letter to the Corinthians puts it this way: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17).