But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 NASB
How do the above words hit you ... as freedom or as bondage?
- Do they demand that freedom is found only in Christ or do they only provide you with the next step that must be taken to move on?
- Do they insist that all your fleshly struggles are finished in Christ or do they remind you of the struggle you fail to achieve?
- Do they convince you that faith is part of the miraculous work of God's Spirit or that faith is your part, your effort?
- Do they bring you rest in Christ or uneasiness in yourself?
- Do they define the life you have been brought into or do they present the life you could have, if only...?
- Do they cause you to know that you are in Christ or do they suggest that you move in and out of him?
- Do they tell you that the law, no matter how it is cloaked, does nothing to stifle the desire of the flesh - which is why Paul was so insistent that those in Christ not be lured away from the life of the Spirit through some godly sounding principle or ultimatum - or do they instead establish the means by which we might keep our inherent sinfulness in check?
Just as the good news of Christ had already been distorted in the time of Paul is it any wonder that the very things he wrote to counter that lie would not also become twisted in the same way after so many centuries?
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6-7 NASB