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So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law (Galatians 5:1 NLT).
Galatians 4-6 NASB
Galatians 4-6 NLT
Galatians 4-6 Amplified
Galatians 4-6 In your Bible
Yes, this letter may be harsh to read. Paul was angry that Galatian believers were challenged to return to Judaic Law to complete God’s purpose. Paul assured the Galatians that Christ was their hope.
Freedom in Christ
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:6,7 NASB).
Paul encouraged believers that the Holy Spirit was to help them live a godly life. For we, [not relying on the Law but] through the [Holy] Spirit’s [help], by faith anticipate and wait for the blessing and good for which our righteousness and right standing with God [our conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action, causes us] to hope (Galatians 5:4 Amplified).
Walk by the Spirit
Paul describes the conflict our between fleshly desires and what the Spirit of God wants for us. Yes, a battle goes on all the time (our thoughts, our intentions, even our actions) between Spirit and flesh. Paul emphasizes we must choose to be guided by the Holy Spirit to bear good fruit.
. . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25 NASB).
Paul simplifies this: For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:14 New Living). This is also what Jesus said in Mark 12:28-31!
Paul adds, Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it] (Galatians 6:2 Amplified).
Prayer: Father, thank you for the freedom Christ gives me with guidance the Holy Spirit provides. I cannot live without Jesus.
Questions: Today do we, as Gentiles, see conflict between Judaic Law and Christian guidance? How have you felt the Holy Spirit guide you through tough times?