Walking in the Spirit – Galatians 5:16-18


This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Walking in the Spirit

Introduction

Exposition

CONSTANT CONFLICT (v. 17) – “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

  • The flesh lusts against the Spirit – meaning is even stronger, gives the sense of a warfare
  • The Spirit against the flesh
  • These are contrary the one to the other
  • Ye cannot do the things that ye would
    • This works both ways
    • The Spirit prevents the flesh from doing what it wants
    • The flesh prevents the Spirit from doing what it wants
  • Romans 7 expands these truths

CONCLUDING COMMAND (v. 16) – “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”

  • This I say then
    • A concluding thought
    • A summary position
    • It all boils down to this
  • Walk in the Spirit
    • Physical walking is unconscious, like breathing
    • Spiritual walking should become similar, but it is much more difficult because of the constant conflict
    • Walking is not “hyperspace” – asteroids illustration
    • Walking is just one step at a time
      • Where to take next step?
      • A light unto my path
  • Ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh

COMFORTING COUNSEL (v. 18) – “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”

  • If ye be led of the Spirit
    • Pictures a blind person
    • Not a dead person
      • Has ability, but clouded by flesh
    • Led by law – blind leading blind
    • Led by Spirit, not under the law
  • Ye are not under the law
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