Galatians 5:16-6:2 – The War of the Flesh and Spirit
Written by Paul D. Race for SchoolOfTheRock.com
- 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)
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