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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson Three

WALKING BY THE SPIRIT           Page 4
V.17 (Cont'd.)

** We have found the battle ground in which the Spirit of Christ and the sinful desires of the flesh do their battle. Unfortunately, it is in us! What would be the result if we lose that battle with our flesh?

We would "not do the things that [we] please". The apostle Paul was very familiar with this battle and fortunately for us, he was equally transparent in showing us the victory.
All see - Romans 7:14-8:1

Romans 7:14 - Paul is saying that he is "of" flesh, but not "in" the flesh. He is walking in the Spirit, but is unfortunately born of the flesh. Further, because of the fall of man, he is literally "under sin" as an inheritance from his forefathers.

7:15 - Paul has a desire to obey and hates any form of disobedience in his life.

7:17 - Paul distinguishes between himself and the sin in his members.

7:21 - Paul explains the principle the evil [or sin] is present in us who desire to do good (obey the word of God).

7:24 - Paul sees his desperate condition.

7:25 - Paul sees his deliverer.

8:1 - Paul proclaims the victory!

Finally, back in Galatians 5:18...

V.18 ** We have learned that the Law produces only death for us, because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death. (cf. Romans 3:23 and 6:23) What wonderful news does Paul now give us regarding those who are being controlled by the Holy Spirit?

"...if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law."

** Why is that true?

Being "led by the Spirit" demands that you are born of the Spirit!

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