prep for Galatians 5:13-26

We’re in the midst of a series on Galatians at our church. Great book. I’ve really grown to love it more. Here’s some notes as I’ve prepared for Sunday. Raw thoughts, maybe they’ll help you prepared.

Galatians 5:13-26

A) The Holy Spirit

There are five separate ways this passage explains our connection with the Spirit. This is issue of our relatedness with the Spirit is the key to Galatians. It is Paul’s answer to how we life the life as a follower of Christ.

Greek from NetBible

V 16 — Walk by the Spirit. = peripateo

1) to walk

1a) to make one’s way, progress; to make due use of opportunities

1b) Hebrew for, to live

1b1) to regulate one’s life

1b2) to conduct one’s self

1b3) to pass one’s life

v 18 – led by the Spirit – ago

1) to lead, take with one

1a) to lead by laying hold of, and this way to bring to the

point of destination: of an animal

1b) to lead by accompanying to (into) a place

1c) to lead with one’s self, attach to one’s self as an attendant

1d) to conduct, bring

1e) to lead away, to a court of justice, magistrate, etc.

2) to lead,

2a) to lead, guide, direct

2b) to lead through, conduct to: to something

2c) to move, impel: of forces and influences on the mind

3) to pass a day, keep or celebrate a feast, etc.

4) to go, depart

v 22 – fruit of the Spirit – karpos

1) fruit

1a) the fruit of the trees, vines, of the fields

1b) the fruit of one’s loins, i.e. his progeny, his posterity

2) that which originates or comes from something, an effect, result

2a) work, act, deed

2b) advantage, profit, utility

2c) praises, which are presented to God as a thank offering

2d) to gather fruit (i.e. a reaped harvest) into life eternal

(as into a granary), is used in fig. discourse of those who

by their labours have fitted souls to obtain eternal life

v 25 – live by Spirit – zao

1) to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead)

2) to enjoy real life

2a) to have true life and worthy of the name

2b) active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God

3) to live i.e. pass life, in the manner of the living and acting

3a) of mortals or character

4) living water, having vital power in itself and exerting the

same upon the soul

5) metaph. to be in full vigour

5a) to be fresh, strong, efficient,

5b) as adj. active, powerful, efficacious

v 25 Keep in step with Spirit – stoikeo

1) to proceed in a row as the march of a soldier, go in order

1a) metaph. to go on prosperously, to turn out well

2) to walk

2a) to direct one’s life, to live

B) Repeated words in the NIV

1. flesh 4x

2. Spirit 7x

3. love 3x

4. one another 6x

C) Look at how NLT & Message translate the two lists of characteristics.

(New International Version) 19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and 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.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

(New Living Translation) 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

(Message) 19-21It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

22-23But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.


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