It’s interesting that you’ve got to put together the Word and the Spirit. gave us new life at conversion, we then should stay in step with His leading and Listen to more of the stuff that goes with it. It should be the habitual lifestyle of a believer, and Paul has to encourage them to live this way. Fourthly, the hostility of factions. He wants to control. We had to learn how to walk all over again when we got back home. In fact, if you cut out all the verses that assure you of your salvation you will truly have a “holey” Bible. Like I said, I didn’t write it. What does that mean? And that’s what the deception of the flesh leads us to. Now understand what I’m saying. You don’t work for it. I couldn’t; if I found one I didn’t know what it was and I topped the hill and I looked, and thank You, Lord, thank You, I saw an apple tree. So in contrast, the one who does love in the truest sense of what we’ve just described the word is one who is experiencing God in his life. However, now listen to me carefully, listen carefully, we need this word. 2:8-10). I shared with you recently about that lady that said, “Brother Wayne, I had the worse day in my whole life last Thursday.” I said why? It’s spiritual food. I guess the light bulbs just lasted until we ran them, because every time we’d run there the lights were out. He mentions immorality, impurity and sensuality. The devil’s joined the church and there’s a lot of people who come in with one purpose in mind, to deceive the body of Christ. That’s one kind. Then he says in Gal 5:6, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything.” Any external work when it comes to Christ Jesus means nothing. is, courtesy and consideration in one’s relations with others. Chrestotes in Greek and hesed in Hebrew are most frequently translated into the English word "kindness." It’s saying yes to God and not trying to measure anything. That tells us something. Having chosen not to honor God, to reject the truth, then he became unable to receive God’s truth. By buying into a religious mindset of thinking they could actually do anything to impress God with their lives, they just forfeited walking by the Spirit; and as a result of that they captured that deceit in their minds and ended up with a false worship. Why? Do you see any hostility, hatred? It’s by fulfilling the law for us. This is what God told Joshua. These ones have been called to liberty. How can I know that it’s not me, but it’s Christ living in and through me?” This is the evidence. What he’s saying is you can do and do and do and do and do and do and do, and it means nothing for God. And Paul wrote to this sick church, this sick church. Well, we jump into Gal 5:7 today, and in Gal 5:7 he starts talking about how easy it is to be deceived. And then finally, the picture of walking in the freedom of Christ. The love is the key. The term “justified” can be used two ways. They reward it. And remember also, it’s His love. Unless I’m walking in the Spirit I don’t know my brother’s need. How do you know that these hateful attitudes are in him? “lives by the Spirit” will “not fulfill” (accomplish, carry out), “the lust” Keep reading it. “That you love one another.” And that’s where he’s headed in Galatians 5 and 6. One of the secular Greek historians that I discovered in this characterized the word “jealousy” by saying it is “the passion which poisons human society.” Now, just think what it has to do within a church body. Get mad at God. It’s longsuffering. If you’ll just study Scripture you’ll see that. That’s not what he’s speaking of. You can’t be unborn. Let me show you. We’re responsible to God to teach His Word inerrant, inspired and infallible.” We left the meeting; I didn’t know that he was talking about himself. Stay put, don’t move away from the attitude of simply trusting Christ. The moment that the deception gets into the body of Christ, whether it’s a Sunday School class, a family, or even a church, when it happens that way it’s like a virus, a fast working virus. Either it sets it up or tears it down, one way or the other. The word “fruit” in Gal 5:22 is singular, which means if you have love all of these other eight things are there to characterize that word “love.” The definite article is not used before the word “love” which means it’s to characterize it. The word “kindness” is the word chrestotes. They don’t know who they are. He is the divine resource of what we’re talking about here in Galatians 5. Galatians 3:1, “You foolish Galatians!” Remember? “Paul, intently looking at the Council, said, ‘Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.’” Now, he’s being put on trial there. It was written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, and the language and the culture of those people have the concepts that are there. They don’t know whose they are, so therefore they have to defend, they have to get what they want. The false teachers were probably saying, well, he preaches grace over to that crowd, but when he gets to this crowd he preaches circumcision, so he’s got a confusing message. In fact, it tells us we’re not walking by the Spirit, and that’s when people get broken down. Diabolos is dia, through, and bolos, to cast. The freedom comes when you understand what Paul is trying to teach the Galatian believers. That’s the difference in jealousy and envy. Remember what Jesus said to the Pharisees? devotion, and affection that leads to willing, self-sacrificial service (John “Well, it’s this, it’s that.” No, it’s not. Some of you look at me as your son. It can be in the church. But the deceitfulness of the flesh leads us into a license to think any way we want to think and do any way we want to do. Oh, look, look, they must His. Always go along with the flesh. What changes is that the power of sin is shifted into neutral when Christ comes to live in us. She’s gone on to be with the Lord. Oh, if we could get this message across, if all of us could just get it in our hearts and our heads and our minds, lust is a counterfeit. They’re so descriptive they really illustrate themselves. He came that we might live through Him. And people that live habitually in a lifestyle of sin will not inherit the kingdom of God. Because your flesh has an agenda and you bow to it. 3. It is the character of Jesus in to our life, and it covers every language. Fifty days later Pentecost came, and the Spirit of God came to live in man and He was going to come to produce what? I’m only in this job for what I can get out of it.” That’s what the word was used for. Walk in the freedom that God has given to you. (Rom. Always, it’ll never fail ever, the expression of our freedom in Christ—if we’re truly walking in it, if we’re truly not unsettled, we’re settled, we’re at rest, we’re at home under grace—the expression will be seen in the way that we treat one another, always, always. This is what God has spoken to my heart about my assurance of salvation. Rom. There are three words that describe this outward example that we saw the last time, the words “patience,” “kindness” and “goodness.” Aren’t they beautiful words to be in the body of Christ? But he says now listen, when you’re doing what is right, you’re walking by the Spirit and you suffer because of that and then you’re patient, that’s God in you. “Well all we did was exchange the truth of living grace for doing things for God.” I know, but you bought the whole package, you see. He proceeds to explain the conflict in Gal 5:17, “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit.” That term “sets its desire” is interesting. Now Paul’s showing them the rest of the story. He’s using people to bring about a beautiful point and scriptural truth. He says, “The whole law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” By saying “for the whole law,” Paul is speaking of the moral law of God. He says, “kindness,” patience, kindness. But there was a group coming from Italy and on the bus some kid caught a virus, and it spread to the next one, to the next one, to the next one, to the next one, and by the time they got there the whole bus, it was very uncomfortable trip because it was a stomach virus. You once lived under the controlling condemning power of the law where your flesh dominated you. I’ll tell you why. This is something only God can produce into your life. And so the hostile action of envy came, “Kill Him! How many times did Jesus veil the truth? We’ve already talked about the sexual in Gal 5:19. It’s not as if this is something new. Walking also implies progress; There’s no middle ground. “In Christ Jesus.” You’re either in Adam or you’re in Christ Jesus. It’s very subtle because it comes across sincere. You abandon yourself to Him. On the other side was Lexington, Virginia, which is where VMI, Virginia Military Institute is. Orge is the word that means anger that is building, it’s building, but it hasn’t exploded quite yet. But it also comes from the word latreia, which means to serve. They don’t recognize Him, and He says, “Hey, guys, you caught any fish?” He gets right to the point. He has to have it. Patience tells us that people that we’re going to be dealing with are not going to be very loving. You can have other words that are similar that mean different things. You cannot lose your salvation if you’re in Him. 14. power of the Holy Spirit which results in righteous behavior and spiritual It means to be called out from under something, out from; you’re in over here but you’re called over to be in over here. And I thought, how many times do we come to church, a bunch of big bags of wind? And so the cross, when you look at it, it shames all of our religious efforts to please Him. Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,". We’re not holding to that which is living and free. And when he says any external work he also means any external result means nothing in Him. But down here we’re going to have to deal with it. What? lust of the flesh, he does whatever feels good to him, right or wrong. Either we are willingly controlled by God’s Spirit—which is what it means to be willingly led, to walk by the Spirit, which also means that we’re letting God’s Word renew our minds, so His Spirit can transform our lives—or we’re controlled by our flesh. It’s His character. You’re out of the contest. I’m telling you when you see this it has to point to God. believer’s life overnight. But you choose the Law, you’ve just nullified the enabling power of God in your life. These are believers. It says in Philippians 1:17, “The former” —speaking of these people that were preaching Christ—“proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition,” that’s your word right there, “rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.” People actually preached Christ with a selfish ambition. But here’s the problem. That’s what we’re talking about. And you get into the Word of God, you know what that does, what it’s done for me over the years? If it wasn’t for people, then I wouldn’t need that which God has given me to live the Christian life. You always have it in Christ. And the person who habitually lives in any of these lifestyles, he says, is not going to inherit the kingdom of God. I’m 6’7”. It’s a virtue and it’s only produced by the Holy Spirit of God. She’s one of the most precious people I’ve ever known. If you don’t hold to that and understand where it’s got to come from “and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,” he says, “this man is conceited.” He is conceited. “Witchcraft” is sorcery, which And the culmination of our freedom is as we’re walking this way, the law is being fulfilled. Then the freedom that we have, the freedom to be what God says we ought to be, ceases at that moment. It’s the way He deals with all of us. So echthra is a church, though, requires resistance against a Return to Top saidthat * circumcision that flesh. 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