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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson Four

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT           Page 2
V.19 (Cont'd.)

** Can we define the phrase "deeds of the flesh"?

First, it is important to recognize the plural form of the word "deeds". Whatever the flesh is doing, it is coming in many forms. Beyond that fundamental understanding, a good definition would be, "the product of our life, done by our own effort and inspired by evil or fleshly desires". The list that follows this descriptive phrase is made up of 15 separate, stand alone examples of what the flesh can produce when it is in control of our lives!

** The list of sins that Paul lays out before us can be broken down into three groups or categories.

They are:

1) Sexual - "immorality, impurity and sensuality"
2) Religion - "idolatry and sorcery"
3) Human Relationships - "enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness and carousing"

** Do you suppose that this is an all inclusive list of sins which are produced when our flesh is in control?

No. cf. V.21, "...and things like these..." As bad as this list is, it is only a sampling!

** Before we get into this list, let's listen to our Lord's view on the issue of sin or "the deeds of the
flesh" recorded in Mark 7:20-23 (All). Read passage.

Where does all of this sin in our life originate?

From "within" us! Three times in this brief statement, Jesus says that our problem comes from within us. We are born sinners who can only produce filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and that is why Paul calls this stuff "the deeds of the flesh".

** Ok, let's work our way through Paul's list. What was the first group or category of sin?

1) Sexual -

immorality: [porneia] from which we get the word pornography. It is a broad term referring to all illicit sexual activity. cf. Ephesians 5:3, 1Thessalonians 4:3

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