In continuing to look at Galatians 5 from yesterday, Paul wants to be sure we understand the activities that result from allowing the flesh (the natural man) to take control. He gives us a list (5:19-21); “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.”
Notice his very pointed statement at the end of verse 21; “I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” It is a matter of what we sow to in our lives (see 6:7-8). So we understand the point of what Paul is saying, he is referring to those who by their life style “practice” these things.
Paul then gives us the flip side of this issue. If we walk by the Spirit and are led by Him is our daily lives, HE WILL PRODUCE IN US HIS FRUIT; “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (5:22–23). This is the answer to some of the questions we faced about living this life in Christ. The ability to do what is right is not because we have made a determination in our minds to do what is right in our own strength (flesh), but because we have invited the Holy Spirit to empower us to do what pleases God. Verse 24 confirms this: “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” I see myself as dead through crucifixion; “I have been crucified with Christ” (2:20).
Tomorrow we will look at the final step in this wonderful process of letting the Holy Spirit take control in our lives. Don’t miss this vital conclusion.
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