IN [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].
Anytime a believer in Christ is trying to get right with God they do not understand as the church at Galatia did not fully understand that you cannot on your own merit be made right with God. Righteousness is a free gift that we receive as Romans 5:17 tells us, we receive this gift of righteousness and can then reign in this life. For anyone who accepts Christ as their Savior has become the righteousness of God. It’s not something you have been given but in fact what you have become. Anyone who is trying to get right with God by their own works is living under a yoke of slavery. This does not mean that once we have received this gift it is bondage to now walk in obedience to the Word of God, which is doing what is right in God’s sight. Because we have become right with God we now have this new man on the inside who desires to do what is right. As we yield to our spirit, this new man, we do what is right. We do what is right in God’s sight not to get right with God, but because we already are right with God. When we walk in the spirit, choosing to do what our new nature desires, we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. So choose to do what is right in God’s sight not to get right with God, but because you already are.