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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Galatians Chapter 5 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (49 AD)
Overview: Paul Refutes the Judaizers (c 1-6)
Theme: Freedom of the Gospel (c 5-6)
Message: Living by the Spirit (v 1-26)

Galatians 5 Commentary

(5:1-15) Freedom in Christ - Paul’s application of the Genesis account of Sarah and Hagar exposed the real danger facing the Galatians—they were on the brink of losing their freedom in Christ. Paul expressed dismay at the report that though the Galatians had been growing in their faith, they were being influenced by those trying to destroy God’s work of grace in them. In this paragraph, Paul had two objectives: (1) exposing what would actually happen if the Galatians returned to the slavery of the law, and (2) confronting the Judaizers with the fruitlessness of their system.

(5:16-26) Living By the Spirit's Power - Paul turned to the personal, spiritual lives of the Galatians. He had warned them not to follow the teaching of the Judaizers. Here he warned them about following their own wishes and desires. Slavery was a threat from the outside influence of the falseteachers, but it was an equal threat from the inside desires of the sinful nature. Paul wanted them to replace self-indulgence with loving service to others. In this section, Paul explained that the secret to loving our neighbor as ourselves is by living in the Spirit and not giving in to our sinful human desires. He contrasted the characteristics of a life motivated by the sinful nature and a life motivated by the Spirit.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Let Freedom Ring

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book ofGalatians with Chapter 5 and in our text we see the freedom of the Gospel as Christians can live in the freedom of Christ by the Power of the Holy Spirit not under the bondage of sin, the law, or our flesh. In making application we fruit of the Spirit is free to all who trust Christ with their whole heart. Today we have many opportunities to live in bondage but God has another plan for your life...Freedom. How about you? Are you living in Freedom? Let us learn from our text today and reminder from Paul that we can live in Freedom and experience the Fruit of the Spirit if we surrender all to our Lord-Jesus, allowing Him to live in and through us.


Galatians 5

Galatians 5

 1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

 2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

 4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

 5For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

 6For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

 7Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

 8This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

 9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

 10I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

 11And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

 12I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

 13For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 15But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

 16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

 18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 24And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 26Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.