Scripture: Galatians 5

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Freedom In Christ

Galatians 5:1-15 (WEB) 1 Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.  Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing. Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that he is a debtor to do the whole law. You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace. For we, through the Spirit, by faith wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision amounts to anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith working through love. You were running well! Who interfered with you that you should not obey the truth? This persuasion is not from Him who calls you. A little yeast grows through the whole lump. 10 I have confidence toward you in the Lord that you will think no other way. But he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.  11 But I, brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish that those who disturb you would cut themselves off.  13 For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don’t consume one another.

Questions and Answers:

1. In what did Paul tell the Galatians to stand firm and in what were they not to be entangled (Galatians 5:1-3)? Paul said for the Galatians to stand firm in the liberty by which Christ had made them free and to not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

2. What do you understand a yoke of bondage to be (Galatians 5:1)? My Bible notes: Christ died to set us free from sin and from a long list of laws and regulations.  Christ came to set us free.  Not free to do whatever we want because that would lead us back into slavery to our selfish desires.  Rather, thanks to Christ, we are now free and able to do what was impossible before – to live unselfishly.

3. Who is alienated from Christ (Galatians 5:4)? Those who desire to be justified by the law and have fallen away from grace are alienated from Christ.

4. For what did Paul say they were waiting (Galatians 5:5)? They were waiting for the hope of righteousness.  

5. What amounts to nothing (Galatians 5:6a)? Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision amounts to anything, that is they have no value.

6. What does matter, that is what does have value (Galatians 5:6b)? Faith working through love has value.

7. What was Paul referring to in these verses (Galatians 5:7-9)? There were some Galatians who were trying to trip them up. My Bible notes: A little yeast causes a whole lump of dough to rise.  It only takes one wrong person to infect all the others.

8. What did Paul say he believed would happen to the one trying to cause trouble (Galatians 5:10)? Paul believed the one who was throwing them into confusion would be judged.

9.  What did Paul not want the Galatians to do (Galatians 5:13a)? Paul didn’t want the Galatians to use their freedom for gain to the flesh.

10. What did Paul want the Galatians to do (Galatians 5:13b-14)? Paul wanted them through love to serve one another.

11. What did Paul not want to happen (Galatians 5:15)? Paul didn’t want them to destroy each other.

Life By The Spirit

Galatians 5:16-25 (WEB) 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolary, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.  25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let’s not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another.

Questions and Answers:

1. How can we keep from fulfilling the lust of the flesh, that is our sinful nature (Galatians 5:16-17)? If we walk by the Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh (our sinful nature).

2. What are we not under if we are led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:18)? We are not under the law if we’re led by the Spirit.

3. What are the deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21a)? The deeds of the flesh are adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.

4. What will those who do the deeds of the flesh not inherit (Galatians 5:21b)?  Those who do the deeds of the flesh will not inherit God’s kingdom.

5. What is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)? The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.

6. What have those who belong to Christ crucified (Galatians 5:24)? Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.

7. What should we do if we live by the Spirit (Galatians 5:25)? If we live by the Spirit we should walk by the Spirit.

8. What should we not become (Galatians 5:26)? We should not become conceited, provoking one another and envying one another.

HEAR the WORD

Galatians 5:19-21 (WEB) 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom.

Galatians 5:19-21 (AMP) 19 Now the practices of the sinful nature are clearly evident: they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control), 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies], 21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses in the two different translations.  My thoughts: All sin is against God, so even though some of the sins listed seem not equal to others they all separate us from God. My Bible notes: We all have evil desires, and we can’t ignore them.  Those who ignore such sins or refuse to deal with them reveal that they have not received the gift of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) that leads to a transformed life.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Galatians 5:14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

May you and I love God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to live through us.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

May you and I encourage others to read and live the Word too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will stand firm and will not let ourselves be burdened again by our sinful nature (Galatians 5:1).   Lord, I pray we will believe faith expressed through love is the only thing that counts (Galatians 5:6).  Lord, I pray we will not use our freedom to indulge our sinful nature, rather, we will serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13).  Lord, I pray we will love our neighbors as ourselves (Galatians 5:14).  Lord, I pray we will indeed live by faith (Galatians 5:16).  Lord, I pray we will be led by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:18).  Lord, I pray we will exhibit the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  Lord, I pray we will keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in our life.” <>< Dona