School of The Rock


Galatians 5:16-6:2 – The War of the Flesh and Spirit

Written by Paul D. Race for


  • Paul is cautioning the Galatian disciples against being turned from a Gospel of Faith to a “gospel of works.”  He has contrasted living by faith with living by works.

Walking by the Spirit helps us resist living by the flesh.

  • Living by the _________ helps us avoid being controlled by the desires of the _______. (5:16)
  • There is a war between the Spirit and the desires of the flesh; if you are walking by the ________, you can not do whatever you please. (5:17)
  • This doesn’t mean that you are under the _______ (5:18)

Living by the Flesh brings out:

  • Sins of morality: immorality, impurity, sensuality (5:19)
  • Sins against God: idolatry, sorcery (5:20:a)
  • Sins against others: enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions (5:20b
  • Bad attitudes toward others: envyings (5:21a)
  • Self-destructive behavior (5:21b)

Walking by the Spirit brings out:

  • A God-influenced heart: unconditional _______ for others, unexplainable _________, peacefulness within and without (5:22a)
  • Godly attitudes toward others: _________, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (5:22b-5:23a)
  • Godly control over one’s own responses to situations and temptation: self-control (5:23b)
  • Living by the _______ actually helps you live as though you were obeying the Law.

Results of Walking by the Spirit

  • If we have been _________ with Christ, and given new ______ through the Spirit, we should be able to walk by the Spirit. (5:24)
  • We should have attitudes of respect, forgiveness, and helpfulness toward each other (5:26-6:1-2)

Group Discussion:

    Why can’t living by the Law help bring out the fruit of the Spirit?

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