Vs. 4, “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” It is Grace…now Law that is the great teacher for our Christians lives. Law tells us we have to do it, Grace gives us the priviledge of doing it. Paul is not warning the Galatian Christians that they can lose their salavation by “falling away from grace”…but he is saying we must watch out because just like a little yeast can change the dough…so can false teachings can change the whole church. The only way to combat the struggle of righteous christian living is by satisfying not your own nature but the nature of the Holy Spirit.
Regarding application…Walking By Spirit. Vs. 25, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” To “walk in the Spirit” means to have our daily lives under His control, and this basically means to allow God’s Word to guide us. It’s living without the bondage of sin and legalism. When we live by the Spirit…true Fruit will flourish for it is nurtured by our cultivating of our hearts led by the Spirit. The “Law” can never bear the real fruit of the Fruits of the Spirit that are mentioned here in verses 22-23. Walking is not just the concept of reading His Word and praying…walking connotates constant movement. As we move about our daily lives…we make the effort to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us bear that fruit for others to see and taste. Question: How is your walk today? May we be people who do things for God not because we “have” to…but because in our heart of hearts…we want to give our love back!