Bible Study Outline on Galatians 5:16-25 – Walk by the Spirit
What is walking by the Spirit?
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For 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. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, 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. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16-25 KJV)
Walking by the Spirit means that you must surrender your life completely to God and let the Holy Spirit guide you. The Holy Spirit is always compliant with the word of God in the bible. Therefore, to walk in the Spirit is to live your life according to God’s commandments in the bible. The flesh and the Spirit contradict each other. The fleshly desire is the lust that you want to fulfill to satisfy your flesh, for example, when you are tempted by a junk food, you will eat it to satisfy your stomach. We must always put God first over what our flesh desire so that you will always abide in God and do his commandments. For example, when it is time to go to church, you must be lazy and prefer to stay at home to sleep. Anyone who walks according to the flesh will not inherit eternal life and enter into the kingdom of God.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8 KJV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV)
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. (Ephesians 5:2 KJV)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105 KJV)
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (1 John 2:6 KJV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16 KJV)
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16 KJV)
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Galatians 5:1-6 KJV)
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 KJV)
You are a New Creation in Christ
As a Christian, you must put away your old self and live in a new life imitating after the likeness of Christ. Jesus Christ had set a good example for us while he is on earth. He is a human being just like us when he was on earth. He faced all kinds of temptations yet he did not sin so that he can be a blameless lamb to ransom the sin of the people of the world. If he can overcome all these temptations, we can also conquer all these temptations by relying on God. God can give you strength to overcome any temptation that you are facing if you pray and seek help from him. If you sincerely pray for God to help you to overcome your weakness, God will answer your prayer and help you.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22 KJV)
But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:20-24 KJV)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13 KJV)
The 9 Fruit of the Holy Spirit
If you fully surrender yourself to God, the Holy Spirit will change you. If you are completely obedient to God, the Holy Spirit will help you to slowly develop the 9 fruit. A good Christian will demonstrate the 9 fruit of the Holy Spirit including love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23).
Love refers to divine love, the agape, the unconditional love of God. God loves us and he will give us anything we ask without asking anything back from us, except to walk in his commandments. Christians are to love and be kind to one another as how they want others to treat them. Joy means you must always be cheerful and be thankful to God no matter in good or bad circumstances. Peace means the Holy Spirit will fill your heart with peace. Longsuffering means you must be patient and do everything without grumbling or complaining. When you pray, you must be patient and persistent so that God will answer your prayer.
Gentleness means you must be gentle and not rude towards others. For example, you must speak properly to others instead of yelling and not be hot tempered. Goodness means you must be good and generous when coming to help those who are needy. Faith means you must be faithful in serving God, trusting and clinging onto him when facing temptations in life. Meekness means you must be humble before God and always serve others instead of letting others serve you. Temperance means you must have self control in all things. We must be slave to God’s laws instead of be slave to the temptations of the flesh.
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance (Matthew 3:8 KJV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;And patience, experience; and experience, hope:And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:3-5 KJV)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 KJV)
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26 KJV)
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (John 14:16 KJV)
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: (John 15:26 KJV)
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4 KJV)