The Tyranny of the Flesh

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on March 30, 2008
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Galatians 5:1 The freedom we have in Christ is from the tyranny of the flesh and the choke of the law.

Verse 4 We are now connected with the new covenant, not the old which is the law.

Verse 5 This succinctly states the Christian walk.

Verse 6 Faith working through love is the correct way; anything else is according to the flesh and causes bondage and death.

Galatians 5:13 Jesus illustrated the Christian walk at the last supper by love serve one another. The freedom we have is for this purpose and is only maintained as we obey.

Verse 14 The walk of the spirit is a walk in which one loves others as oneself. The walk of the flesh is one in which the person loves himself.

Verse 15 Christians that walk by the flesh bite and devour one another. Humanity's biggest problem is humanity.

Galatians 5:17 The word "flesh" can be used different ways and must be understood in the context.

John 3:6 Jesus gives a clear distinction between flesh and spirit.

Romans 7:5, 18-25; Romans 8:1-13

1 Corinthians 5:5 Herein is a Christian man who decided it was good to have sex with his father's wife, which could mean his own mother, if not, his stepmother. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we have in our flesh the knowledge of good and evil; howbeit, it is faulty. God did not design mankind to have the knowledge of good and evil. In our flesh, we think we can tell the difference between good and evil, but we cannot.

Galatians 5:18-21 The works of the flesh are centered in self and are the manifestation of the inability rightly to discern good and evil.

Galatians 6:1-10 Loving others while dying to self is the way of Christ.

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