Sunday, April 17, 2016

Paul's Epistles - Galatians Part 13 – Fruits of the Spirit

Paul's Epistles - Galatians
Part 13 – Fruits of the Spirit
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org


INTRODUCTION
Paul wrote the Galatians concerning some of the false teachings that had been allowed, specifically salvation in Christ with works (or obedience to Old Covenant) added in.

Paul explains plainly to them this is a false teaching. These are two completely different covenants with God, with the Old only showing our guilt and condemning, and the New showing our salvation in the Lord and freeing us from the condemnation of the first.

Being a slave to sin exposed by the commands, and being set free by Christ revealed through His ministry and Gospel.

Paul explains there is no other gospel but the one he originally taught them, the one that saved them and changed them. To accept any other teaching does not “add” to their salvation, but causes them to move in a direction which takes them away from it.

Paul explains God’s promise, and how salvation through Christ alone was set in motion and can be seen in the Abrahamic Covenant. The promise of a coming Savior, how those who put their faith (or trust) in him (not just believe as in He is real), would become the children of God and heir to the Kingdom.

He explained how the two covenants work, the first based on works of the flesh, which only lead to condemnation, and the second based on the Spirit which leads to life everlasting.

Paul denounces their legalism, which is based on the works of men for salvation, and tries to convince them of the Truth, which is the freedom only found in Christ Jesus, a free gift, not earned, or deserved, but given by Faith alone.

There is freedom in Christ Jesus.







SCRIPTURE REFERENCE Galatians 5:13-26
 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

    I.      BE FREE, BUT SERVE ONE ANOTHER
a. You were called to be free
                                                                                  i. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh

                                                                               ii. Serve one another humbly in love

                                                                            iii. For the entire Law is FULFILLED in keeping this one command
1. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”


b. Use your freedom wisely
                                                                                  i. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other

                                                                               ii. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh

                                                                            iii. They are in conflict with each other (Spirit & Flesh)
                                                                              iv. So you are not to do whatever you want


c. If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law
                                                                                  i. Using your freedom in Christ to serve one another in love

                                                                               ii. Loving others as yourself, you FULFILL the Law

                                                                            iii. Being led by the Spirit (meaning choices which will be against desires of the flesh) means you ARE NOT under the Law!



II.      ACTS OF THE FLESH
a. The acts (actions of) the flesh are obvious
                                                                                  i. We all understand what they are

                                                                               ii. There really is no question about whether they are from the flesh or the Spirit

                                                                            iii. When we see them, or do them we are living by the flesh, and therefore under the Law and the punishments thereof


b. The acts of the flesh are
                                                                                  i. Sexual immorality
                                                                               ii. Impurity (allowing sin)
                                                                            iii. and debauchery (dishonest, liar and cheat)
                                                                              iv. Idolatry and witchcraft
                                                                                 v. Hatred
                                                                              vi. Discord (causing conflict)
                                                                           vii. Jealousy (of what others have or are, a form of greed)
                                                                        viii. Fits of rage (usually a sign of self-centeredness)
                                                                              ix. Selfish ambition
1. Always wanting bigger and better
2. Thinking you deserve everything you want
3. Always a taker not a giver
4. Desiring worldly possessions more than spiritual greatness
                                                                                 x. Dissension (rebellion)
                                                                              xi. Factions (splinter groups)
                                                                           xii. And envy (desiring to obtain what others have or are, a form of jealousy put to action)
                                                                        xiii. Drunkenness
                                                                         xiv. Orgies and the like


c. I warn you as I did before
                                                                                  i. Those who live like this will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God
1. Because they are NOT children (heirs) of the most High

2. Which comes by “the promise” (Christ)

3. Adoption can only be obtained through believing in Christ
a. Believe as in putting trust in

b. If you are NOT part of the New Covenant (putting your trust in Christ), then you default to the Old Covenant, and will be judged by it.

c. The ONLY way to fulfill the requirements of the Law, is to put your trust in Christ, and walk by the Spirit!

d. When you are Trusting Jesus and living by the Spirit, you will not have the “Acts of the Flesh” in your life, rather, you will be producing the “Fruits of the Spirit”



III.      FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
a. The Fruit of the Spirit is
                                                                                  i. Love (I Corinthians 13)
1. As previously mentioned, loving others as yourself
                                                                               ii. Joy (being delightful and happy)
                                                                            iii. Peace (opposite of the dome of chaos)
                                                                              iv. Forbearance (patience)
                                                                                 v. Kindness (compassion, empathy)
                                                                              vi.  Goodness (honest and truthful)
                                                                           vii. Faithfulness (truthful and being “real”)
                                                                        viii. Gentleness (tender, calm, quiet…opposite of rough)
                                                                              ix. Self-control (self-disciplined, will power, strength of mind)
1. We control whether we allow the Holy Spirit to produce these things in our life, or whether we choose to act in the flesh.


b. Against such things, there is NO LAW!
                                                                                  i. If we walk by the Spirit, there is no law against us!

                                                                               ii. We will be heirs of the Kingdom of God

                                                                            iii. We will be part of the New Covenant

                                                                              iv. When led by the Spirit, we are not under the Law


c. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh
                                                                                  i. With its passions (which no longer rule over or control us)

                                                                               ii. And its desires (which may tempt, but no longer has the strength to move our hand.


CONCLUSIONSince we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.


Since we trust in Jesus, and have the Holy Spirit (live by the Spirit)

Let us keep in step with the Spirit (Follow where He leads, allow Him to work in our lives)

Warning though…

Let’s not become conceited, thinking we are better than others.

Remember the ONLY difference between you and a lost sinner is the Spirit of God!



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