MEDITATIONS 5: GALATIANS 5 – 6

Chap 5 & 6:

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5: 1) Ties into Chap 6 completing the thesis of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal 6: 1-2)

The law of Christ is Salvation by faith that Christ died in exchange and as an offering for the law because his body was cursed by the law. (Gal 3: 13-14)

In equal importance, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Gal 5: 14)

So by faith and by love we are in a state of salvation from the gift God gave by putting His, Son on the cross in fulfillment of the law given to Moses, and in accordance to the promise given to Abraham.

Keep away from: (Gal 5: 19-21)

  1. Acts of the flesh – sexually imorality
  2. Impurity and debauchery – extreme indulgence (merriam-webster)
  3. Idolatry & witchcraft
  4. Hatred & discord
  5. Jealousy
  6. Fits of rage
  7. Selfish ambition
  8. Dissesnsions & factions
  9. Envy
  10. Drnkenness
  11. Orgies and the like

Seek the Fruit of the Spirit: For there is no law against these things (Gal 5: 22-23)

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Forbearance – to refrain from (merriam-webster)
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self-control

In the end there will be rewards for all who follow Christ, do good, and practice faith. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Gal 6: 7-10)

  1. NIV Study Bible: (Gal 3: 13-14 / 5: 14, 19-23 / 6: 1-2, 7-10)
  2. merriam-webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/debauchery
  3. ” ” ” “: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forbearance

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