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7: Walking in the Spirit (Gal 5:1-26)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

Having established the doctrine of liberty in Christ, Paul urges the Galatians to remain steadfast in this liberty and not be entangled again by the yoke of bondage. Then he goes into the practical applications of this doctrine, expounding the true meaning of Christian liberty in our daily living.

B.     Key Verse

            “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (5:18).

II.    Observation

A.     Outline







B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. Segment Analysis

A.     5:1-12

1.      How does verse 1 function as a transition?

2.      According to verses 2 to 4, what are the consequences of attempting to be justified by the law? Explain each.

3.      What three aspects of a Christian life are found in verses 5 and 6?

4.      How are these aspects related to one another? Apply this to your life.

5.      As believers, we have been justified by faith. Why should we still “wait for the hope of righteousness by faith”?

6.      What does it mean that we wait eagerly “through the Spirit”?

7.      Identify the several references in verses 7 through 12 to the works of the Judaizers.

8.      Why is the cross offensive? Have you suffered persecution as a result of the offense of the cross?

B.     5:13-26

9.      How can the liberty in Christ be misunderstood and misused?

10.  What does the word “flesh” mean here?

11.  Have you experienced the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit? What is the solution, according to this passage?

12.  Record and study the list on the works of the flesh in 19-21.

13.  What is the consequence of practicing the works of the flesh?

14.  Record and study the fruit of the Spirit as stated in 22 and 23.

15.  Why does the Scripture uses the word “fruit”? How is the analogy of the fruit an apt description of a Spirit-led life?

16.  Record what this section says about the law.

17.  Is a Spirit-filled life contrary to the law? What can we learn from this passage about the true meaning of liberty in relation to the law?


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