Chapter Five, Lesson Three
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** After reminding them of their freedom, what caution does he now offer
to the beloved brethren?
"...do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh..."
** What does that mean?
Knowing that Jesus Christ has made the payment for your sin and given
you the free gifts of His righteousness and eternal life, don't take
those gifts for granted by living a life that caters to every fleshly
impulse. Let's look together at similar cautions from the word of God
on this subject:
cf. 1Peter 2:16 - "...do not use your freedom as a covering
1Peter 2:11 - "...fleshly lusts, which wage war against the
Rom. 13:13-14 - "...make no provision for the flesh in regard
to its lusts."
Now back in Galatians 5:13...
** Our flesh (or sinful desire) wants to master us, but we must be victorious
over it! What alternative does Paul give to us in the place of feeding
"...through love serve one another..." We can serve both
the saved and the unsaved around us, instead of feeding our own sinful
desires! cf. Ephesians 5:18 and 21 [w/Luke 6:11] (saved) and 1Corinthians
V.14 ** By now you might well expect the Judaizers to be saying,
"With all of this freedom in Christ, there never was any use for
the Law!" How does Paul address that argument?
Paul is not ignoring the Law, in fact he is desiring for the intent
of the Law to be fulfilled.
"For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word..." That is important
to Paul, he repeats it again in Galatians 6:2 and again to the Romans
in 13:8 & 10.
Our Lord also addresses the importance of the Law in His Sermon on
cf. Matthew 5:17-18
** Well then, if the Law is important, how is it fulfilled in our lives
according to verse 14?
By loving your neighbor as yourself! With our preoccupation for the
needs of others, our hearts are turned away from the desires of our
own flesh while at the same time we are fulfilling the intent of the
Law of God. cf. Philippians 2:3-4
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