Presentation on theme: ""the life I now live in the flesh...""— Presentation transcript:
1"the life I now live in the flesh..." Galatians 5:16I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.Gal. 2:20"the life I now live in the flesh..."James 2:14-28
2Galatians 5:16 - ContextFor you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
3We cannot love as we are commanded to without the Spirit's power. Galatians 5:16 - ContextThe concern for walking in the Spirit involves relationships in the Church.We cannot love as we are commanded to without the Spirit's power.
4Galatians 5:16It is only as we live our lives by faith, with a mind set on the things of the Spirit, that we can overcome the flesh.What we do, we do by faith.
5Galatians 5:17For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
6We cannot do what we want without the Spirit. Galatians 5:17We cannot do what we want without the Spirit.We have an internal war going on that we lose without the Spirit.That internal war becomes external in our relationships with others.
7But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.__________________________________________When we live by the Spirit's power, the law-inspired flesh doesn't control us.
8"evident" as coming from our flesh and not from the Holy Spirit Galatians 5:19Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,_______________________________"evident" as coming from our flesh and not from the Holy Spirit
9This first group of sins are primarily sexual: Galatians 5:19This first group of sins are primarily sexual:1) adultery2) fornication = broad term; sexualimmorality3) uncleanness = in thought, word, deed4) lewdness = open, shameless display ofthese evils
10The second group includes two sins probably involved with worship: Galatians 5:20The second group includes two sins probably involved with worship:5) idolatry = worshipping (bowing) to idols,in context may have involved male/femaleprostitution.6) witchcraft = may have involved use ofdrugs to create trances in false worship
11Third, there are eight interpersonal sins: Galatians 5:20Third, there are eight interpersonal sins:7) hatred8) contentions - result of # 79) jealousies - not the godly form10) outbursts of wrath - often from jealousy
12Galatians 5:20-2111) selfish ambitions = working to get aheadat the expense of others.12) dissensions and 13) factions - the resultof quarreling over issues or personalitieswhich causes hurtful divisions.14) envy = the wrongful desire to possesswhat someone else has.
13Galatians 5:120-21It is the flesh that is the cause of the breakdown of relationships in the home, the church, and our society.
14Finally, two sins associated with alcohol: Galatians 5:21Finally, two sins associated with alcohol:15) drunkenness = excessive use of alcohol.16) orgies - probably = drunken carousingassociated with pagan worship.
15"and the like..." This was not meant to be an exhaustive list. Galatians 5:21"and the like..."This was not meant to be an exhaustive list.
16Galatians 5:21of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
17Galatians 5:21"will not inherit"The sins listed in vv are the types of sins that caused Reuben, Simeon, and Levi to forfeit their inheritance, birthright, and blessingGen. 49:3-7
18Genesis 49:3-7 3 “ Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.
19Genesis 49:3-7 4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you went up to your father’sbed; Then you defiled it— He went up to my couch.
20Genesis 49:3-7 5 “ Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. 6 Let not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox.
21Genesis 49:3-77 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel.
22We enter the Kingdom by believing in Christ for eternal life Galatians 5:21We enter the Kingdom by believing in Christ for eternal lifeJohn 3:1-16
23To inherit the Kingdom involves being faithful and ruling with Christ Galatians 5:21To inherit the Kingdom involves being faithful and ruling with ChristMatt. 19:29; 2 Tim. 2:13-14; Rev. 2:26
24Galatians 5:21Believers who have lifestyles typical of these sins will enter the Kingdom, but not inherit, have ruling rights, with Christ.Matt. 5:1-12
25Unbelievers do not enjoy the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:21Unbelievers do not enjoy the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.Believers have the Holy Spirit, but are also in the flesh and may produce its works.
26"fruit" suggests something that is natural. Galatians 5:22-23"fruit" suggests something that is natural.This is something that every believer can and should produce.
27Galatians 5:22-231) love - the goal of Christian living2) joy - esp. with regard to others who arewalking in the Spirit; not produced bylegalism3) peace - with God and others4) long-suffering - patient toward others
28Galatians 5:22-235) long-suffering = patient toward others6) kindness = a spirit of good will towardothers7) goodness = uprightness of soul and/oran action reaching out to others to dogood even when it is not deserved
30"no law" at all against behavior such as this. Galatians 5:22-23"no law" at all against behavior such as this.Possibly understatement; "no one would make a law against behavior like this".
31Galatians 5:24And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
32Statement of our status as believers. Galatians 5:24Statement of our status as believers.Romans 6Believers have been "severed" from the power of the flesh, but may still live in it.
33If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.All believers have been made alive in the Spirit and should daily walk in the Spirit.
34Galatians 5:26Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.As family in Christ, we need to be careful to not live by the flesh and so see its works.
35Galatians 5:26Just as for us as individuals, the only hope for real church growth and to avoid divisions is the power of the Holy Spirit.