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Live By the Spirit

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

In verses 16-18, Paul explains that people who are “led by the Spirit” are “not under law.”

  1. Paul tells his readers to live by the Spirit
  2. Living by the Spirit is important
  3. As a result, we will leave some desires unsatisfied
  4. Having desires is natural
  5. Some desires are inherently wrong
  6. The sinful nature opposes the Spirit
  7. The Spirit opposes the sinful nature
  8. Logically, this creates a biconditional
  9. The sinful nature and Spirit are mutually exclusive
  10. What desires fall outside these two opposing forces?
  11. Even when we want to follow the Spirit, we sometimes do what the sinful nature desires
  12. There is an internal battle, kind of like those cartoons with the angel and devil characters on each shoulder
  13. I used to think the concept illustrated by this kind of cartoon was entirely unbiblical
  14. But it’s very similar to what Paul describes in these verses
  15. If you are led by the Spirit, then you are not under law
  16. I wonder what this means.
  17. The contrapositive of this statement is: If you are under law, then you are not led by the Spirit.
  18. This means that asking people to follow the Spirit is logically equivalent to telling people that they’re under law
  19. This seems to be a stumbling block
  20. If you don’t see yourself as shackled by the law, then it’s hard to see the need for living by the Spirit
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