Friday, February 26, 2010

The Spirit Gives Victory Over Sin: Galatians 5

Theme: Salvation is by grace, not works.

3. Because the Spirit gives victory over sin (5-6)
     A. Through the Spirit, we wait for righteousness (1-12)
     B. Through the Spirit, we bear the fruit of love (13-26)
Having shown the gospel of grace came from God (1-2), and faith in Christ alone frees us from the penalty of sin (3-4), chapters 5 - 6 now show the Spirit, by faith alone, frees us from the power of sin in daily life.

Through the Spirit, we wait for righteousness (1-12). Far from keeping us saved, trying to complete salvation by adding works to faith renders Christ of no benefit. This does not mean you can lose your salvation, for even Abraham, after being justified by faith alone, when he failed to see the fulfillment of God's promise in his life, attempted to obtain it through the strength of his flesh (Galatians 4; cf. Genesis 16:1-7; 17:15-29). Rather, one who insists on achieving God's blessing by adding works to faith, takes a course which obligates him to keep the entire Law, and will therefore be excluded from the benefit of salvation which comes through faith in Christ alone. Believers are saved from the penalty of sin the moment they trust Christ (justification: Romans 3-5). They are saved from the power of sin in their daily life by the Spirit, through faith in Christ's death and resurrection (Sanctification: Romans 6-7), and will be delivered from the presence of their sinful nature and body when they enter the presence of Christ (Glorification: Read Romans 8:23-30). Through the Spirit, by faith, believers bear God's fruit of love, and wait for the hope of glory.

Through the Spirit, we bear the fruit of love (13-26).  Although Christ frees us from the obligation and curse of the Law, our freedom is not a license to sin (13). Rather, we should use our liberty to serve one another in love (13-14). By faith, the believer is so united to the person and work of Christ, he is said to have died with Him to sin, and been raised with Him to newness of life (Romans 6:1-11). Knowing this position, and counting it to be true, the believer is free, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, to yield his members as instruments of righteousness to God (Read Romans 6:12-14; 8:2-23). Although our flesh desires to bear the fruit of "immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, etc. (17-21), the Spirit desires to bear the fruit of "love , joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, etc., in the believer's life. We should yield ourselves to this ministry of the Spirit in our lives.

Believers should stand fast in Christ's liberty by rejecting merit gospels, waiting for the hope of righteousness, and loving their neighbor.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.