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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 4, Chapter 8

Jesus-Dependence Is
Walking in the Spirit

Page 1 of Pages 2, 3, 4
Study Questions

JESUS-DEPENDENCE THROUGH
LOVE MOTIVATION ACCORDING TO GALATIANS

If you remember from our earlier discussion about the Law, we discussed how in order to be saved through obedience to the Law one must obey it perfectly.88 The Apostle Paul states in Galatians,

"For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the Law, to perform them." (Gal 3:10).

We also brought out the point that because no man has been able, outside of Jesus, to obey the Law perfectly, he is therefore condemned to fulfill its penalty: Death! We then discussed the fact that God knew that no man would be able to be saved through the Law and that every man would be condemned to pay the Lawís penalty in order to fulfill it, which was eternal separation from God according to Paul in 2 Thessalonians 1:9.

We then asked ourselves the question, "If God knew that no man could obey the Law perfectly and that all men would be condemned for eternity to pay its penalty, then why the Law?" Paul gave us the answer to this question in the book of Galatians. Paul said, "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith." (Gal 3:24). In an earlier passage, Paul goes on and says, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, ĎCursed is every one who hangs on a treeí--" (Gal 3:13).

We then discussed the fact that the only way we can receive forgiveness for our sins repented of is by putting our trust in Jesus Christís death and shed blood on the Cross and that alone to save us from our sins. This is because when we do this in God the Fatherís eyes we are identified with Jesusí death on the Cross (Rom 6). As a result His death becomes our death for our sins. As a result of this we are then freed from trying to gain Godís forgiveness for our sins through the Law because we can only pay sinís penalty for disobedience to the law, death, once, never needing to die again for our sins. The Apostle Paul said in Romans, "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." (Rom 10:4). This is because the Law, according to Paul, is only bound to the living, and Paul states that once we have paid the Lawís requirement for sin: death, through Jesusí death on the Cross, we have satisfied the requirment of the law for sin and therefore the penalty of tthe law for breaking the law can never make claims over us again. (Rom 7:1-6).

This then led us to the next obvious question, "Outside of basic morality, what are we under if we are not under the Law?" The answer is that we are now under the Lordship of Christ. Already in this concept we have discussed what this means from several different angles, but what does it mean according to Paul in Galatians? Paul gives us the answer in the fifth chapter of Galatians. The Apostle Paul states, "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love." (Gal 5:6). Again in verse thirteen he says, "For you were called to freedom, brethren, only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." (Gal 5:13).

Paul is telling us in this passage that since we are no longer under the Law but the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the way we discern when we are walking in Jesusí Lordship and being Jesus dependent, and thus walking in the Spirit, is when what we do in relation to God, ourselves, and others is out of a motivation of love. Paul says it is now, ". . . faith working through love." Since we are no longer under the dictates of the Law, Paul says that what we do in relation to God, ourselves, and others should be done when the motivation for doing so is out of a love motivation and not out of a motivation of legalism, fear, or self-acceptance.

In verse sixteen of Galatians Chapter five, Paul states that walking in the Spirit is being motivated by love. He says, "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh." In context Paul is saying that when you are being motivated by love in what you do, you are being led of the Spirit or you are walking in the Spirit. When what you are doing is not out of a motivation of love, you are operating out of the motivation and control of your soul and flesh and are being led about by Your flesh, not the Holy Spirit.

The question is, though, "How do we know when we are truly being motivated by love, and thus walking in the Spirit and being Jesus-dependent; and when we are being motivated and controlled by the flesh and thus carrying out the desires of the flesh?" Paul answers this question by listing fruits that will follow our lives if we are being motivated and controlled by our spirit through the Holy Spirit and fruits that will follow our lives if we are being motivated and controlled through our soul and flesh. Paul states about the fruits of the flesh,

"Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery130, fornication131, lewdness132, licentiousness133, idolatry155, sorcery134, enmities135, strife136, jealousy137, outbursts of anger138, disputes139, dissensions140, heresies141, envying142, murders143, drunkenness144, carousing145, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Gal 5:19-21, see also verses 24 and 26).

Paul states about the fruits of the Spirit,

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love146, joy147, peace148, long-suffering149, kindness150, goodness151, faithfulness152, gentleness153, self-control154; against such things there is no law." (Gal 5:22-23).

 

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:22-23

LOVE
JOY
PEACE
LONG-SUFFERING
KINDNESS
GOODNESS
FAITHFULNESS
GENTLENESS
SELF-CONTROL

 

FRUITS OF THE FLESH

Galatians 5:19-21

adultery
fornication
lewdness
licentiousness
idolatry
sorcery
enmities
strife
jealousy
outbursts-of-anger
disputes
dissensions
heresies
envying
murders
drunkenness

Do you sense Godís joy in what you are doing, or is there a heaviness in what you are doing, a depressed feeling? The Apostle Paul states in 2 Corinthians 3:17, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." The prophet Nehemiah said,

"Then he said to them, ĎGo, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.í" (Neh 8:10).

Are you experiencing Jesusí peace in what you are doing or are you troubled and anxious. Paul stated in Philippians,

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:6-7).

I have a personal policy of not moving out in anything unless I am sure of Godís love and peace in what I am doing. If I do not, I will not move until I do or God shows me otherwise.

Are you experiencing Jesusí kindness in what He is leading you to do, or are you short tempered, quick to get angry? The Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:24-26,

"And the Lordís bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition; if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will."

The Apostle James said, "But let every one be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God." (James 1:19-20).

There is obviously balance in this because Paul also makes the statement in Ephesians, "Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger." (Eph 4:26). We must remember Jesusí anger in the Temple.89 But Paul also says in the very next verse, ". . . and do not give the devil an opportunity." (Eph 4:27). There may be justification for momentary anger in our lives, but if it goes past the setting of the sun, Paul implies, unless the Lord tells you otherwise, that it has moved from the leading of the Spirit to the fruit of the flesh.

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