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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 5 Part 3)

16 Jun

We are making great progress as we think through the themes in this great epistle to the Galatians.  I’m teaching this book to a group of students at the Word of Life Bible Institute on Jeju Island, Korea, June 11-15.

 Let’s continue our study as we notice the next section of chapter 5.  Here the theme seems to be the battle between the flesh and the Spirit (vv. 13-26).

“The flesh” in the Bible often refers to our sinful nature, which is the case here.  We were called to be free, but we are not to use our freedom to indulge our sinful natures.  Instead we are to humbly serve one another (v. 13).

We must walk by the Spirit and such walking will keep us from gratifying “the flesh” (v. 16).  “The flesh” and the Spirit are mortal enemies.  Paul lists 15 “acts of the flesh” and counters those sins with nine fruit of the Spirit (vv. 19-23).

This is no small matter.  If we “walk by the Spirit” we will commit ourselves to crucifying the flesh (v. 24)!  Could Paul have said it any stronger?

May I ask you today — What fruit of the Spirit are you in most need of developing?  Ask God to give you specific steps in that area.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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