Last Sunday, in a message titled, THE COST OF FOLLOWING EVIL (Gal. 5:19-21), we looked at what God says His children can forfeit if we choose to not “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16-17, 21b). Galatians 5:18 says, “if you are led in the Spirit…” which is conditional (i.e. “if”). Also, the Greek word for “led” here is “agō ” meaning to “guide,” and not “pherō” which means to “drive” or force. Clearly, free will is involved here, and both experience and the Bible shows us that a Christian may or may not walk in the Spirit after coming to faith in Jesus.
When a child of God does not walk in the Spirit, the result is “the works of the flesh” which are “obvious” (Gal. 5:19a NET; Rom. 2:14-16, etc.). Tragically, when followed, the flesh costs more than we know, and takes us further than we think (e.g. James 1:12, 16-17; Rom. 6:6, 12, 16; 7:14, 18, 23; James 4:1; Gal. 5:17; Eph. 2:10; 2 Tim. 3:16-17, etc.). Two common ways the flesh tricks us is through legalism which cloaks itself as being good but actually fuels and provokes sin (i.e. “jealousies… selfish ambitions… envy,” etc.- Gal. 5:20-21a; Luke 11:39; Col. 2:23b; Rom. 7:7-8) and license which brazenly changes “the [gospel] of… God into lewdness” (Gal. 5:19b, 21a; 1 Pet. 2:11, etc.).
God warns us repeatedly here to not be deceived (Gal. 5:21b; 6:7, Rom. 6:21, etc.) A child of God who lives this way “will not inherit the kingdom of God” suffering “loss” when Jesus comes- bringing “to light the hidden things” (1 Cor. 4:5), BUT “he [still] will be saved” (1 Cor. 3:15) because of God’s grace (Gal. 5:21b; Rom. 14:10-12; 2 Cor. 5:9-11; 1 John 2:28; Eph. 2:8-9, etc.). To this grace we will now turn…
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