3 ways to not give opportunity to the flesh
Galatians 5:16-26
How to produce the fruit of the Spirit and not the works of the flesh
Published January 24th, 2018
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Main point summary
Main point summary
This passage is expanding on v13 ( do not use Christian liberty as an opportunity for the flesh) showing how not to give an opportunity to the flesh: Firstly by Walking by the Spirit for it desires the opposite things to the flesh Walk by the Spirit is repeated also in v25 thus it frames the passage. Secondly by being led by the Spirit for the Spirit leads us into hearing with faith (ch3.) and away from law (Flesh only can operate in a realm of law Rom7:5) Thirdly by living in the Spirit for the flesh has been crucified with Christ along with its power.
Galatians 5:16-26
But I say, a walk by the Spirit,
Action : Walk by the Spirit (close link to v13)
and you will not carry out b the desire of the flesh.
Result : And you will not gratify the lusts/cravings of the flesh
For a the flesh 1 sets its desire against the Spirit,
Ground/Action : because the flesh lusts against the Spirit
and the Spirit against the flesh;
Series/Action : and the Spirit (lusts) against the flesh;
for these are in opposition to one another,
Ground : For they are opposed to each other,
b so that you may not do the things that you 2 please.
Result : The flesh leads you to doing things you don't want
But if you are a led by the Spirit,
Progression/Conditional/Idea : Moreover, if you are led by the Spirit
b you are not under the Law .
Then/Idea : Then you are not under the Law.
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident,
Idea : The works (plural) of the flesh are manifest (interlinear - manifest now are the works of the flesh)
which are: 1 a immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, a sorcery, enmities, b strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, c disputes, dissensions, 1 d factions, envying, a drunkenness, carousing,
Explanation : They fit well into 2 groups sensual and pride (except for maybe sorcery). 1. Sensual : Immorality, Impurity, sensuality, drunkenness, carousing 2. Pride/boastful (see also v26) : Idolatry, enmities, strife, jealousy, wrath, selfishness, dissensions, factions, envying
and things like these,
Series: And things similar to these
of which I forewarn you,
Idea : i forewarn you of these things
just as I have forewarned you,
Comparison : As i have already warned you
that those who practice such things
Explanation/Action: That those who practice the things of the flesh
will not b inherit the kingdom of God.
Explanation / Result : will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But a the fruit of the Spirit is b love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, a self-control;
Alternative/Idea : On the other hand, the fruit (singular) of the Spirit is...
against such things b there is no law .
Explanation : There is no law against the fruit of the Spirit
Now those who 1 belong to a Christ Jesus have b crucified the flesh with its passions and c desires.
Progression: Furthermore, those who belong to Jesus have crucified the flesh, along with its passions and lusts/cravings
If we live by the Spirit,
Inference/Conditional : So then, if we live by the Spirit (and we have because the flesh has been crucified)
let us also 1 walk a by the Spirit.
Then / Positive : Let us walk by the Spirit
Let us not become a boastful,
Negative/Action: Let us not become conceited
challenging one another,
Manner : Provoking one another
envying one another.
Manner / Series : Envying one another
inclusio walk by the spirit
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