11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand!
12 As many as are wanting to make a good showing in the flesh, these are trying to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
13 For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they want to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh.
“But both baptism and circumcision, however great and spiritual the truths they signify, are themselves outward and bodily acts. And it is absurd to magnify such things as indispensable means of salvation and then go on to boast about them.” (John R. W. Stott)
“Their religion was pure pretense; a sham display put on for the benefit of other. They performed the easy outward surgery on each other, but never lived out the rest of God's law.” (Dr. John MacArthur)