Christ has freed his followers from the law, so use the freedom wisely.
1. What are the problems of desiring to be justified by the law?
v 4 You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace.
2. How does Paul say we should use our freedom?
v 13 For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another.
3. What are the advantages of walking by the spirit?
v 16 and 17 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
- v 1 to 6 Paul encourages the believers to hold onto the freedom from the law brought through being “in Christ”
- v 7 to 12 Paul is concerned that the influence of those who want to keep the law will spread through the congregations in Galatia
- v 13 to 15 Believers must use their freedom from law to love one another rather than hurting each other by their selfishness
- v 16 to 18 There is a conflict going on in believers between their natural inclinations (the “flesh”) and what God would have them do (the “spirit”)
- v 19 to 26 Paul gives examples of works of the “flesh” to avoid and qualities of the “spirit” to develop