Last Sunday, we continued our study in Galatians with a message titled, WALK IN THE SPIRIT (Gal. 5:14-18). We discovered in this passage that the Law today is actually “fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:3-4, etc.). This is done through us when we love God first (Deut. 6:4-5) which then enables us to love others“as ourselves” (Gal. 5:14; Lev. 19:18; Mark 12:28-34, etc.).
The “flesh” (Grk. sárx) can mean one’s physical body which is neutral (e.g. Gal. 2:20), but in this passage of Scripture,“flesh” represents the “sinful nature” that all humanity inherited from Adam (see Rom. 3:23; Gal. 5:13, 16-17, 19, 24; and 6:8, etc.). Christians still have this sinful nature, also referred to as “the old man,” to deal with in this life (Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:8-9, etc.), but “if” (i.e. Gal. 5:18) we let the Holy Spirit control our lives, we are promised “to no longer be slaves of sin” in a present-day sense (Rom. 6:6, Gal. 5:1; 2 John 1:4; 1 John 1:9, etc.).
Walking in the flesh is evil as in it “nothing good dwells” (Gal. 5:15, 17, Rom. 7:14, 18, 23; 1 Pet. 2:11; James 4:1; Matt. 26:41; Jer. 17:5, etc.). Instead, we are called to “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16, etc.). The Greek word here for “walk” is peripatéō, and it literally means, “keep on walking”—day by day, moment by moment, step by step (i.e. Rom. 12:1-2, etc.). This is our call as believers- to constant dependence on Christ in faith (John 15:5, Gal. 5:22-23, etc.). When we do this, the sinful nature loses (i.e. it “shall not [be] fulfilled…”), and we experience the present-day abundant life and freedom God calls us to (Gal. 5:16b; John 10:10, etc.).
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