Chapter Five, Lesson Three
WALKING BY THE SPIRIT Page
V.15 ** As you look at this next verse, do you think
that Paul was aware of any conflicts in Galatia?
Yes! Because he warns them to not bite and devour [katesthio] one another.
The word meant to swallow whole. Something had them so divided, that
they wanted to destroy one another because of it!
** What might be causing the division among the brethren in the region
1) Legalism vs. Freedom in Christ
2) Salvation by works vs. Salvation by grace
** If they were to continue to fight among themselves, what would be
the eventual outcome?
They would be consumed, or destroyed!
V.16 ** What alternative does Paul offer to fighting?
"...walk by the Spirit..."
** What is the immediate impact of doing that?
"you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" - This is
talking about Holy Spirit control vs. flesh control, of our lives.
Join me in Romans 8:3-11 for Paul's exegesis of this phrase. What does
it mean to be "Walking by the Spirit"? Read text, then cf.
V.17 ** That sounds like such an easy formula, according to Galatians
5:17 why is it still such a struggle?
"The flesh [and its desires] are set against the Spirit"
** Is that all there is to the conflict?
No, the Spirit is also against the flesh!
** How does Paul describe their mutual relationship?
They are in opposition to one another!
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