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Known - Galatians Ch. 5, part 2 (6 of 7)
Fruits - our lives are a matter of fruit.
We will bear fruit - the question is what have we planted?
Ties in again with the crucifixion - we have crucified our flesh with its desires.
We come now to the last two weeks of our Galatians Study - Known. We have looked at the big points of the book - identifying with Christ in the crucifixion, dealing with conflicts within the church, living 'free' because of what was accomplished on the cross, and recognizing the love of God through Christ. A lot of big themes. And we still have some more to cover this week and next.
Any gardeners among us? Green thumb individuals? This is NOT an area of expertise for me, at all. I rely on the old fashioned way - rain. Or lack of it to kill off everything. Gardens we have planted often end up a weed patch, or overrun by one plant (currently we have a garden that started off with peppers, tomato, even a lone onion, and now it is just strawberry.) #gardenfail
Galatians 5:13 For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don't use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.
16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don't do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Paul continues his cry for freedom from earlier in the chapter here - and he gives the boundary that some of his de-tractors implied he left out - that the freedom his is espousing is without boundaries. They felt that faith was wishy wash ...
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