Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 3

April 28, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<259> Thesis: Our internal conflicts arise from opposing "masters" and effectively press us to submit every "desire" to the Spirit of God (walking by the Spirit fundamentally requires this). Introduction: In our look into Paul's exhortation to walk by the Spirit, we have seen two principles surface so far: first, that the issues of "spirit" must be exalted to the highest priority over the issues of "body" and "soul"; and, second, that there should be an adamant corollary devaluation of any/every "lust" of "flesh". The outworking of these two principles consists of a willingness to yield to understanding when we are shown where a certain path is taking us. This evening we are going to look into Paul's explanation for why these two principles are established as the "steps" of our "walk". He says that his reasoning is rooted in the absolute antagonism that exists between the Flesh and the Spirit and what the conclusion is that we are to draw from that reality (5:17).