8 So then those who are in the flesh [living in their sinful nature] cannot please God. [Mark! If you are living for your lusts and pleasures, if you are walking by your carnal mind, if you are still without the continual guidance of God's Spirit, you are in the flesh. If you have not mortified the fleshly, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, you are none of Christ's: Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections]. Gal 5:24.]
13 For if you live according to the flesh [the sinful nature], you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, you will live.4 [Therefore mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body which are of the earthly life; fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Col 3:5. Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion. Eph 4:22]
5 Therefore mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body that are of the earthly life: fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry.4
6 Because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience;
22 Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
|Galatians 5 |
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul, say to you, that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised [after believing in Christ], that he has become obligated to comply with the whole law.
4 Whoever of you tries to be justified by the law has fallen from grace, and Christ has become of no benefit to you.
5 For we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness.1 [Faith comes with the receipt of the fruit of the Spirit. Gal 5:22-23. Only when you have produced fruit, walking in love, fulfilling the law, then you are imputed righteous; and then no law applies to you. Gal 5:23. Later, when you have been born again to become a new creature that is in union with Christ and the Father, then you possess the righteousness of God; then is the end of imputation and belief. See Footnote 3 of 1 John 3 for the definition of righteousness.]
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision, nor uncircumcision empowers a thing, but faith owing to love operates with power. [What faith owing to love?—faith is to hear the word of God spoken to you and to then obey because you love God; to obey God is to love God. When you obey what God orders you to do, you get power from Him to do it. Loving works of obedience to God's commands is faith operating with power from God; so Paul agrees with James, who wrote, "faith without works is dead," James 2:20-24. John wrote, "he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God," John 3:21; such works are the only works that survive passing through the fire, which every man must go through. The first works of love for God are: a) to wait in humble silence as you listen and watch for His commands, and b) then to obey His spoken commands that you hear to repent from the sins He reveals in your heart. From the Word of the Lord within: "What is the evidence of your belief? — operational faith. Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. If you love me, you will obey me. He who does not love me does not obey my commands."]
7 You were running well; who hindered you that you should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion does not come from him [God] who called you.
9 A little leaven [fleshly rituals] leavens [spreads through] the whole lump. [If you only sit in humble silence and wait on God's commands, to then obey them, there is no occasion for pride; but if you decide to perform some work, believing it will please God, that gives rise to pride. The pride turns into self-righteousness, believing you are religious and pleasing to God. Dead works, (those not commanded by God), leave you without the heart and soul purifying grace of God, leaving you in your sinful nature, walking in the flesh. Those claiming to be religious while still sinning are hypocrites — the yeast of the Pharisees. From the word of the Lord within: "The hypocrite may talk of faith and do evil. Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. Truly these people call on me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Christianity has no idea what I am or for what I stand. The enemy is in all of Christendom." God must be worshiped in Spirit and Truth, and Christianity's worship is just heathenish rituals, (communion/eucharist, sprinkling infants, passing the plate for money, will-worship according to a planned agenda, group prayer, group singing, etc.), that only create an illusion of being religious; but the illusion is hypocrisy that has leavened the whole lump of Christianity.]
10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that none of you will be of a different persuasion from me; but he who troubles you will bear the Lord's judgment, whoever he is.
11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? And so the offence of the cross2 would have ceased. [The preaching of the necessity of the cross for salvation offends, so much that Paul was persecuted for preaching it. When the early Quakers preached the cross, the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Puritans, imprisoned them, seized their property, and killed them. Christendom denies Jesus' insistence on salvation's prerequisite of bearing the cross to slay their selfish, sinful spirits; and they are greatly offended when told that belief in historical facts about Jesus and being dunked in water is not sufficient for salvation.]
12 I wish those who trouble you would castrate themselves.
13 For you, brothers, have been called to liberty; only this liberty is not to permit rituals of the flesh, but for you to serve one another in love.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one commandment, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you are not consumed by one another.
16 This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another. So that you cannot do the things you wish. [The flesh with its lusts and pride wars against your soul, the Spirit of God, and the inner law of God in you heart. This war must be won by you to victory, the overcoming of sin, the world, and the devil — for you to attain freedom from sin and salvation. This can only occur if you do not do the things you wish; you must crucify your lusts and fleshly desires to then be guided in thoughts, words, and deeds by God. You must be led by the Spirit, following Him, which is doing His will, not yours; the man of flesh, your carnal mind, and your will must die on the inward cross of self-denial.]
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.3 [To be led by the Spirit is to obey what you see and hear the Word from within your heart commands you to do and speak; when you are totally walking by commands from the Spirit, faith has come. Until this gift of faith by revelation has arrived, the inner law, which includes moral core of the outward law, is your schoolmaster, Gal 3:24-25. From the Word of the Lord within: "Until you witness receiving faith from Christ, you are under the law. Until you witness the law fulfilled in you, you are under the law." Note verses 19-24 below. As you follow the Lord's first commands to repent from your evil behaviors, (resulting in His removal of even your desire to sin), your confidence dramatically increases in attaining all the gospel's promises.]
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are: sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, [The works of the flesh are sin, and the wages of sin are death. From the Word of the Lord within: "Consequence-free sin does not exist; the consequences are truly staggering. There is a war you must win: sin must be overcome; the fleshly lusts war against your soul."]
20 Idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, [From the Word of the Lord within: "Do not be misled; anger must be eliminated to enter the kingdom."]
21 Envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), and the like; which I say beforehand, as I have said before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.4 [All men do works of the flesh because their hearts are defiled until they have been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, and in no way shall there enter into heaven anything that is defiled. Rev 21:27]
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (quietness and confident trust forever), patience (including longsuffering, steadfastness, and perseverance), kindness (including morality and integrity), goodness, faith, [From the Word of the Lord within, "until you witness receiving faith from Christ, you are under the law." Until you are led by the spirit, you are under the law, Gal 5:18; when you receive this fruit, you are then led by the Spirit. Those branches without fruit are thrown into the fire.]
23 Gentleness (including meekness and humility), and self-control (mastery of sensual appetites, passions, and desires). Against these there is no law.5 [After you have mortified and crucified your sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, you receive the fruit of the spirit. Then you are no longer subject to the law because then you are led by the Spirit. Rom 8:14, Gal 3:25, 5:18. The law has dominion over a man until his death, Rom 7:1, which death occurs when he has been crucified, Rom 7:6,Gal 2:20; as the next verse emphasizes.]
24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections].6 [After your sinful nature has been put to death on the inward cross of self-denial, then you belong to Christ as you walk in love, following the Spirit, fulfilling the law; and then you receive an imputed righteousness. Having suffered on the cross, you no longer live the rest of your time in the lusts of men, but you live to the will of God, 1 Pet 4:1-2; which is to be obediently led and guided by the Spirit in thoughts, words, and deeds. From the Word of the Lord within: "The purpose of this website is to teach you how to carry your cross."]
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. [For we no longer walk by sight, but by faith. 2 Cor 5:7]
26 Let us not be vain-glorious and conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another.
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