The First Of The Four Steps

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The first of the four steps is “Grasping the text in their town.” When we consider Galatians 5:16–18, in its context we can understand how this text relates to 21st century Christians today. The Apostle Paul was warning the church in Galatia, about the Judaizing teachers who was spreading a message to bring them back under the bondage of the Mosaic Law to attain salvation. The Judaizers were Jews who taught and believed that Old Testament laws like diet; circumcision and law keeping were binding on the New Testament Christians in that day. He explains that the law was not given to justify them but rather to reveal to them their sin (Galatians 3:11-14). In verse 5:13, the Apostle Paul, reminds the 1st century Christians that they were called to be free, and if free not to use this given state to indulge in their flesh. Therefore, he admonishes them to do what is opposite of the fleshly desires. He begins verse 16 with, “But I say, walk by the Spirit.” As if he was saying to the church that they are to be actualized in what has happen to them, mainly referring to the regeneration of their hearts by the Holy Spirit. If in fact you have the Spirit of God, then they needed to show evidence of the presence of the Spirit by their desires and conduct. Paul then gives them a contrasting view of the “works of the flesh” which is the Mosaic Law over against “the fruit of the Spirit,” which is the indwelling of the Spirit and the differing lifestyles produced by each.

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