Paul and Galatians Chapter 5
Written by Paul to the church of Galatia. This chapter is really all about Gentiles being circumcised, to show commitment to Christ, and whether it was necessary under the law. hmm. And we turn it into something else.
• First known as Saul
• Was a Pharisaic Jew who persecuted Christians (Acts 8:1-3, 26:10-11, 23:6)
• Was converted to Christianity by Jesus in Damascus (Acts 9:1-30, 22:1-21)
• Wrote about half of the New Testament which were originally Letters to churches and individuals. Became books of the bible to whom they were written to ( Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.
Favor. God’s free and undeserved love that never quits. Grace is the gift of God that comes as eternal life through Jesus Christ our, my, Lord. (Our eternal undeserving love is not a license to do what we want)
Today I will be covering most of Galatians Chapter 5.
Why? Because I get really irked by people who say things like “I can do what I want because I am under grace” or “I am not under the law”.
People like to take one piece of scripture and twist it to what they want it to mean. And in this case, a license to do what they want.
Living under the law or not to live under the law, spans several chapters, but we are just covering Chapter 5 today.
First we will look at the specific scripture people like to lean on and then we will cover it in context, which is how we should read it. ALL OF IT! Not just some of it.
NIV: 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
KJV: 18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
NCV: 18 But if the Spirit is leading you, you are not under the law.
Ok, dear sweet brethren, this is not the whole of the truth, only part.
Let’s break it down!
I will use the NIV because that seems to be the most popular nowadays.
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Did you notice it says “But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh”?
14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Now this one I have spoke on before in an earlier post, it’s all over the New Testament:
“Love Your Neighbor”
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Lets go through this one slooowwwly.
Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
So that you are NOT to do whatever you want.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
What is this saying?
1. It is saying to walk, live your life, by the Spirit, and you will not want to gratify, or self pleasures, your flesh, your sinful nature.
2. If you are walking by the Spirit, then you are not under the law. Why?
3. Because the Spirit can’t live in you if you are sinful in nature.
4. But because Jesus already paid your price, you are not under the law, but this is saying that if you are following Jesus in your life, you won’t want to sin, or you will at least know or feel convicted if you find your nature wanting to sin.
Quote from Halley’s Bible Handbook, which I have always been saying:
“How any human being would deliberately choose to risk his salvation on his own works rather than on the gracious mercy of Christ, Paul could not see. Christ saves us. We do not save ourselves. It is the difference between freedom and slavery. But freedom in Christ does not mean a license to continue in sin. Paul never fails to lay special stress on that. Those who follow fleshly lusts cannot be saved (5:19-21). One of the “spiritual laws of the natural world” is that a man shall “reap what he sows” (6:7) , evidence of the genuineness of his own handwriting.”
So how do we get grace and salvation?
We have to confess our sins to Jesus, except that he paid the price for those sins, on the cross, died, and rose again, and lives today.
So what are sins?
Here is what Paul says sins are in Galatians 5: 19-21 says:
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Now here is how Paul says for us act:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Now are we able to be perfect? NO. We will all “fall off the wagon” and sin. But as long as your walking with Jesus, and not purposefully sinning, we are ok, because yes we do have Grace, but not a license to sin just because we can.
So plain and simple, yet so many people have been deceived into thinking they have a license to do what they want to whom ever they want or what ever they want. It’s a lie, deception, from Satan himself. He wants you to fall into a trap, and this is just one of his many traps.
I think I covered it all.
But I truly believe in this. I always pray for Gods leading and discernments, and God tells me this is right. Not to fall into the trap of thinking he is ok with me purposefully sinning. He is not, and I believe it breaks his heart to see his people doing the things that He/Jesus has paid for. Maybe if we were there to see Jesus beaten and tortured for our sins, we wouldn’t be so quick to do sinful nature, sins of the flesh, things on purpose.
Just remember this scripture:
14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Don’t steal from your neighbor, or lie, or lust after his wife/ her husband, don’t covet his material possessions, and so on.
Strong’s Dictionary defines Neighbor as:
Neuter of a derivative of πέλας pelas (near); (adverb) close by; as noun, a neighbor, that is, fellow (as man, countryman, Christian or friend): – near, neighbour.