'But iF ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under The Law': An Exposition On Paul's Words in Galatians 5:18
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BUT IF YE BE LED OF THE SPIRIT, YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW: AN EXPOSITION ON PAUL'S WORDS IN GALATIANS 5:18You are welcome to another edition of Insights from God's Word, a Bible study programme that is committed to sharing God's Word by allowing the Bible to speak for itself.
In this edition, we continue with our series on The Law of God. The topic for this study is: "But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law": an exposition on Paul's words in
1) TO BE LED OF THE SPIRITBeloved, it is the Holy Spirit that leads men from the slavery of sin to behold the light of God that shinneth upon this world (
2) TO BE UNDER THE LAWTo be under the law is to be under the condemnation of the law. If a person willfully rejects the salvation that is offered freely through the atoning sacrifice of Christ, he or she will remain under the condemnation of the law. From
3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
3) TO BE NOT UNDER THE LAWOur key text from
Beloved, when the contents of this text become our experience, we are no longer under the law, for Christ becomes our standard instead of the letter of the law. It is with this understanding that Paul wrote to the Galatian church the following:
3:23 "But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed."
Key Explanation: Before we came to believe in Christ, we were under the condemnation of the law.
3:24 "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith."
Key Explanation: The law, like a mirror, reveal unto us our miserable sinful condition (see
3:25 "But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."
Key Explanation: When we come to believe in the Son of God, and walk by faith in Him, we are freed from the condemnation of the law. We come to behold the law with gladness as there is nothing in us for it to condemn. It is in this sense that the believer in Christ is described as not under the law.
Thus beloved, from the scriptural passages we have reviewed so far, it is clear that the Pauline text; "But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law" does not mean that when we come to believe in Christ we do away with the Moral Law of God. In fact, the apostle Paul himself declares concerning the Moral Law the following: "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law" (
Exhortation: "22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin" (
In our next study, we will consider the topic: "...for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life": an exposition on Paul's words in
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