Galatians 5:16: So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”
The human spirit is our true or better self; it is who we are. Thus our spiritual nature, that is our spiritual self is where we relate to God. The human spirit cannot parish; it relates to the eternal and imperishable world.
As Christians, we ask God’s Spirit to come into our lives and reside. And so, this text speaks to Christians; those who have asked God’s Spirit to come into their lives.
When Paul says, “live by the Spirit,” he is talking about the Spirit of God. The conflict is not between the human spirit and sinful nature; no, it is between the Spirit of God who indwells us and sin nature; it is between human flesh and the Spirit of God.
The human spirit is alive and present, but the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead dwells within humanity.
The conflict is not found in the unregenerated person, but only in those whom the Spirit of God has come to dwell. Within that person arises the conflict between the Spirit and human nature, and is resolved when the flesh is crucified and the Spirit of God obtains complete mastery of his or her life.
- Sin nature leads to rivalry, dissension, and a party spirit; it wages war against the Spirit. The acts of sin nature are sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealously, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, fractions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like.
- The Spirit is manifested in attitudes of community upbuilding, beginning with love. Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Lord Jesus, we humble ourselves today, confessing with our mouths, that Jesus is Lord; we believe in our hearts that you, Lord God, raised him from the dead. And so, we are grateful that salvation has come to us. We are thankful for the grace and mercy that flows from eternity; the grace and mercy that is everlasting.
Lord you are our strength, sword, and shield. Thank you for fighting the battles for us, thank you for the victory over sin and death. Lord, we love you with all our heart, mind, and soul. You are the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Good Shepard, the Anointed One, the Prince of Peace, and the Head of our Lives. We praise and worship you, in Jesus name. Amen