Week 33

These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series.

Galatians chapter 5

Galatians can be thought of as a companion book to Romans, and chapter 5 of Galatians has a useful expansion of the command to walk in the Spirit that is outlined in Romans 8.

Here is Galatians 5:

 Walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

So as we daily walk through life, knowing Jesus, trusting Him, and having realized we are dead to sin and alive to God we can see how we are doing by putting our behavior into one of two camps:

1. fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.

2.love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

In practical terms this means walking with God through life “being conformed to His image” and admitting to God when we are falling short and asking for help to improve.

As a person continues to walk and pray, confess and repent, believe and rejoice; they will improve over time. They will be sanctified.

 

We finish next week and Summarize our essays.

 

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