D. Remaining in the Status of One's Calling
17 1However as the Lord has apportioned to each one, as God has acalled each one, so let him walk. And so I direct in all the bchurches.
18 Was anyone called having been circumcised? He need not 1efface it. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He need not be acircumcised.
19 1aCircumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the bkeeping of God's commandments is what counts.
20 Each one, in the acalling in which he was called, in this let him remain.
21 Were you called as a aslave? 1Let it not concern you; 2but even if you are able to become bfree, cuse your status as a slave rather.
22 For the slave who has been called in the Lord is the 1Lord's freedman; likewise the free man who has been called is 1Christ's aslave.
23 You were abought with a 1price; do not be 2bslaves of men.
24 Each one, brothers, in what status he was acalled, in this let him remain 1with God.