Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 14
July 14, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<281> Thesis: The Law has absolutely no problems with the actual productions of the Spirit. Introduction: In the issue of the quality of experience in the whole of "Life", both temporal and eternal, the bottom line is the presence, or absence, of Joy. Joy is a by-product; a fact we saw in our look into the characterization of the Spirit's "fruit". That means, then, that the mechanism of Joy is the most crucial issue in the universe of created persons. It is this "mechanism" issue that is at the root of the letter to the Galatians, and it is of such enormous importance that those who do not "get it right" are consigned to eternal Death without remedy. In our considerations of Paul's contrast between the "works of the flesh" and the "fruit of the Spirit" it is a no-brainer that "Joy" is the outcome of the "Fruit" issue and "Death" is the outcome of the "Works" issue. It is for this reason that Paul wrote the words that will undergird our study this evening: there are no "laws" against the "outcomes" of the Spirit's impact upon the lives of men (5:23b). Because this claim is such a "no-brainer" (much like "he that has the bride is the bridegroom"), we have to ask, and answer, the question of its existence in our text. What was Paul's "point"?