What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?

—Gal 5:13–6:2

  • Andrew Fountain – Aug 27, 2017

 
 
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Two Questions:

  1. When we try to live in a way that follows Jesus, why do we keep failing?
  2. Why do I not have more of the Spirit’s supernatural gifts?
  • Turn out to have the same answer:
  • Walk in the Spirit!

Answers

  1. The New Reality of the Spirit
  2. Galatians 5 - Walking in the Spirit
  3. Four steps: A B C D

Romans 1:3–4

  1. concerning his Son, who was descended from David
      according to the flesh
  2. and was appointed the Son of God in power
      according to the Spirit of holiness
      by his resurrection from the dead,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
  • “And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead” [Col 1:18]

1 Corinthians 15

  1. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
  2. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
  3. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
  4. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
  • “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” [Rom 8:11]

Laws of the New Creation

  • The substance of the creation is the Spirit (as opposed to flesh & blood)
  • To live is to love. We live in the new as much as we love (following Jesus)
  • We exist as dependent beings (can do nothing by ourselves)
  • We access this new power whenever we follow Jesus by stepping out in love

Walking in the Spirit

Galatians 5:13–6:5 Handout

A. The Law of Love

  1. The Law of Love
  2. The Law of Love

B. Opposite to the law of love

  1. The Law of Love
  2. The opposite to the law of love
  3. The opposite to the law of love
  4. The Law of Love

C. Walk in the Spirit

  1. The Law of Love
  2. The opposite to the law of love
  3. Walk in the Spirit
  4. Walk in the Spirit
  5. The opposite to the law of love
  6. The Law of Love

D. War with the desires of the flesh

  1. The Law of Love
  2. The opposite to the law of love
  3. Walk in the Spirit
  4. War with the desires of the flesh
  5. War with the desires of the flesh
  6. Walk in the Spirit
  7. The opposite to the law of love
  8. The Law of Love

E. The old Law doesn’t operate in realm of the Spirit

  1. The Law of Love
  2. The opposite to the law of love
  3. Walk in the Spirit
  4. War with the desires of the flesh
  5. Law doesn’t operate in realm of the Spirit
  6. Law doesn’t operate in realm of the Spirit
  7. War with the desires of the flesh
  8. Walk in the Spirit
  9. The opposite to the law of love
  10. The Law of Love

F. Works of the flesh & the Spirit

  1. The Law of Love
  2. The opposite to the law of love
  3. Walk in the Spirit
  4. War with the desires of the flesh
  5. Law doesn’t operate in realm of the Spirit
  6. The works of the flesh and the Spirit
  7. The works of the flesh and the Spirit
  8. Law doesn’t operate in realm of the Spirit
  9. War with the desires of the flesh
  10. Walk in the Spirit
  11. The opposite to the law of love
  12. The Law of Love

How we do it

  1. Attention! Don’t be mindless, but recognize the flesh/Spirit issues quickly
  2. Believe in the new reality: Cosmic & eternal. This is about far more than your little issue but the Kingdom of heaven against the old reality and will motivate you to…
  3. Confidently Call in support. Ask for help, and it is there for you. Jesus defeated the enemy
  4. Dependently step out. Acting in love will access the power of the Spirit, tuning in to the Kingdom.

Rev 2:5–4 Ephesus

  1. …you have abandoned the love [for others] you had at first!
  2. …Do the deeds you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand [the Holy Spirit]

John 14

  1. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments [to love one another].
  2. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth…
  3. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word [to love one another], and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

John 15 – Abide in the Vine

  1. I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser…
  2. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
  3. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
    • So how do we abide?
  4. If you keep my commandments [to love one another], you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

Gal 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me. ”

Gal 2:20

It’s no longer I that liveth
But Christ that liveth in me

It’s no longer I that liveth
But Christ that liveth in me

He lives! He lives! Jesus is alive in me!

It’s no longer I that liveth
But Christ that liveth in me