Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 2
April 21, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<257> Thesis: Walking by the Spirit is to be accompanied by a commitment to abstain from fleshly "intentions". Introduction: Last week we looked into the exhortation in 5:16 to "walk by the Spirit". It was my argument that Paul's grammar should be interpreted as a command to effectively "use" the provision God has given us to live effectively: the Holy Spirit as a "replacement spirit" so that our bodies can be tools of the manifestation of the Life of Jesus. But then I went to a "theological" issue regarding the anartharous use of "spirit" wherein we have to decide to put the issues of "spirit" in place in order to walk by God's Spirit. Those "issues" boil down to one: making the search for glory a search for God's approval in the contrasting setting of doing things to "impress" others. So, I have concluded that in order to effectively "walk by God's Spirit" we must make it our goal to please our Father above all others. Now we come to the other half of the verse. It is translated as if it carries some kind of promise, or guarantee, that if we walk by God's Spirit we will not be guilty of fulfilling any "lusts" of the flesh. The question is whether the translation and conclusion it seems to present is actually valid. It is my contention that it is not and that Paul is actually giving us a "way" to fulfill the command. So, I would ask your indulgence as I try to make my case.