Galatians 5:2-3. “Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.”
Circumcision was required of Jewish men under the Law. It was a mark that set them apart from other people. I believe it was also very practical, an aid in hygiene. It is done routinely today to newborn boys, unless the parents refuse to have it done.
The Judaizers were teaching the Galatian Christians that the men must be circumcised, and apparently many of them had consented to the procedure, believing that doing so would bring them in closer adherence to the Law, and to salvation.
Paul clearly tells them here that it was a waste of their time and effort; that in submitting to circumcision, they had negated the power of the grace of God in their lives. Not only that, if they were going to take that step into ritualism and legalism, then they were bound to keep every jot and tittle of the law,
When we step away from grace, we lose so much. I believe the most important thing we lose when we think we have to earn our salvation is simply the joy of knowing the sin question has been resolved.
Why would anyone step away from joy into fear?