Teacher: Rusty Kennedy
- I rarely give direct suggestions on what to do…
16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
- Flesh vs Sinful Nature (NIV 84 & New Living)
- “the flesh” does not mean “the body”
- It is a far more encompassing term involving the mind, will, and emotions as well as the physical body.
- According to R. Jewett, the flesh was Paul’s term for everything aside from God in which one placed his final trust.
- Only the Spirit of God who has made us free from sin and given us new life (regeneration) can keep us truly free as we walk in him through the power of sanctification.
- Sanctification – Knowing that you are vs trying to attain it.
- Here in Gal 5 Paul used four distinct verbs to designate the Spirit-controlled life of the believer, all of which are roughly equivalent in meaning:
- to walk in the Spirit (v. 16)
- to be led by the Spirit (v. 18)
- to live by the Spirit (v. 25a)
- to keep in step with the Spirit (v. 25b).
- In Paul’s vocabulary, to walk in the Spirit or be led by the Spirit means to go where the Spirit is going, to listen to his voice, to discern his will, to follow his guidance.
- The Spirit and the flesh are not in a stalemate.
- The flesh does not frustrate the desires of the Spirit; rather, the Spirit frustrates the desires of the flesh.
- Here is the bad news/good news:
- Bad news: So long as we remain in this present life, we never outgrow or transcend the spiritual conflict Paul was describing in this passage.
- There is no spiritual technique or second blessing that can propel the believer onto a higher plane of Christian living where this battle must no longer be fought.
- Good news: Knowing this is the case… allows you to walk on in victory.
- I will not become a judge of qualifying grace.
- If you don’t completely grasp this battle, it is difficult to walk in victory… in fact, it could destroy you.
- Paul now states the obvious. Let me show you what it looks like as you walk on a daily basis.
- As we read through these lists, we not only filter our own sin issues, but we begin to attach names to the others.
- It is easy to become judgmental to others while at the same time justifying our own issues.
- I am sure Paul did not make a list (that is not exhaustive) for the purpose of analyzing each of your faults.
- This list indicates whether you are a believer or not.
22 But the fruit (singular) of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
- There is no stalemate in this battle between flesh and spirit.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
- We must encourage one another!
 George, T. (1994). Galatians (Vol. 30, p. 386). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
 Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ga 5:17). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
 George, T. (1994). Galatians (Vol. 30, pp. 387–388). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
 The Holy Bible: Holman Christian standard version. (2009). (Ga 5:16–26). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.