Freedom in the Spirit

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      06/30/19
 
“Freedom in the Spirit"
Galatians 5:1 – 25
 
INTRODUCTION: INTRODUCTION:  In the Letter to the Galatians, Paul is trying to defend the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is trying to save it from those who would return to the Mosaic system of righteousness.  In Chapters 4-6, Paul shows that living the Christian life is not slavish obedience to rules and regulations but a life of freedom walking in the Spirit.  The Spirit gives life and the power to please God.  Paul very clearly says, “For freedom Christ has set us free…If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Gal. 5:1, 25). In other words, if you are a Christian then live like Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit lives in you and his life should be seen in your everyday life-actions. Paul gives us three basic actions that show that we walk in the freedom of the Holy Spirit.
 
STAND IN THE FREEDOM OF CHRIST (1-12)
 
            -Stand firm in faith.For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (1).
 
            -Do not submit to outward actions for righteousness.
“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” (5-6).
 
LOVE ONE ANOTHER (13-15)
 
            -Do not use your freedom to pursue your selfish desires.   “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh…But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” (13-15).       
 
            -Serve one another.  “but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (13-14).

WALK BY THE SPIRIT (16-24)
 
            -Let the Holy Spirit govern your life. Do not yield to the desires of the flesh.  Nail your passions and wrong desires to the Cross“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law…And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (16-18, 24).
 
            -Sinful actions: “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (19-21).
 
            -Spiritual actions: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (22-23).
 
SELF – EVALUATION: Rate yourself on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being “I am consistently strong in this area” and 1 being “I am consistently weak in this area.”
 
______ I stand firm in the freedom in Christ and do not depend upon rules and regulations to please God and men.
 
______ I always put others above myself in my actions and seek to promote peace in my church.
 
______ I consciously seek to let the Spirit guide my life and show evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in my attitude and my actions.
 
______ How would you rate yourself as a follower of Christ?
             What will you do today to follow Jesus?