Walking in the Spirit

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”Galatians 5: 16

When I realized that I have two separate, independent natures, I began to better understand the Bible. For example, Psalms 119:1 describes someone who is blameless.

BLAMELESS? Sinless?
How can that be when other verses  emphatically say that ALL have sinned and if we say we have not sinned we are liars.

The solution is that we have two natures–A flesh nature and a Spirit nature.

Galatians 5:16 says that have a choice to walk in one or the other of of natures.

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. “

Our two spirits separate are opposite in nature to the point that they fight against each other. This is described in Galatians 5:17a

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, …..

A description of the actions of our flesh nature is described in Galatians 5:19-21a.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like;

A description of the actions of our Spirit nature is described in Galatians 5:22-23a

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…………..

I want to look at Galatians 5: 17 again, adding the last part of the verse—so that you do not do the things that you wish. When I understood that while my flesh nature dwells in my Earthly vessel (my body), it does not define ME–the real me is defined by my spirit nature. The real me desires only to walk in my spiritual nature and to produce spiritual fruit. But, I succumb to the lure of the flesh nature even though I don’t wish to. Compare it to truly wanting to lose weight or staying on your diabetic diet, but you give in to the flesh’s desire to eat a slice. You know better, you really want to pass it up, but against your own wishes, you eat it.

“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

Many people are unnecessarily stressed over Galatians 21b. Remember, verses 20-21a describes the fruit one produces while walking in the flesh nature. The last part of vs. 21 says that if you do these things, you will not go to heaven. Some try to bypass this by stressing the word, “practice.” In other words you have to practice doing these nasty things–do them often–all the time–etc. Does it matter how often you sin? You can only go to heaven if you are absolutely sinless.

“I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

God gave Moses the ten commandments so that His people had a standard–in other words they had rules. Not obeying the rules was considered a sin. God’s Law contains rules against every action of your flesh nature. This means that the flesh nature does nothing but sin–even what might appear to be a sweet and kind action, the flesh nature always has some underling selfish reason for doing it.

Galatians 23b says, “Against such there is no law.” This means that there is no law against producing  fruits of the spirit listed. No matter what you do while walking in the spirit doesn’t break God’s Law. This explains   Galatians 5:18, “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”

Having two natures is like having two personalities–one only sins and the other never sins. If my flesh nature is not allowed in heaven, how can I go to heaven?

Galatians 5:24 is the answer. When Christ was crucified, my flesh nature was crucified with Him. My dead flesh nature remains with my Earthly body when it dies. My Spirit nature goes to heaven.

“And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

As previously state, the real ME lives in my Spirit Nature. This is described in Galatians 5:25.

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

The more I study God’s Word, the more time I spend walking in the Spirit, thus the more spiritual fruit I produce. But as long as I live on Earth, I have two spirits living in the same Earthly vessel–my body. Romans 7 apply describes the ongoing struggle between Paul’s Flesh Nature and Spirit Nature. Romans 7:24 is a plea expressing self-judgement and cry to be free from his sinful nature. From this verse it appears to me that I will be free when God takes my spirit nature out of my Earthly body–leaving behind my fleshly dead body and dead flesh nature. 

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Rom.7:24

DOES IT MATTER WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION YOU READ?

My answer is yes. But, you need to make this decision for yourself by comparing verses from different Bible “translations.” Look at Romans 7:24 in the following Bible versions. Notice the difference in the meanings. Does this matter. YES! You do not want someone’s opinion of the meaning, you want God’s message.

NOTE:: I give my opinion–confirm or support it after you have study God’s Word yourself.

New International Version (©1984)

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?

New Living Translation (©2007)

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

English Standard Version (©2001)

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

New American Standard Bible (©1995)

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?

International Standard Version (©2008)

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death?

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)

What a miserable person I am! Who will rescue me from my dying body?

King James Bible

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

American King James Version

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

American Standard Version

Wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death?

Bible in Basic English

How unhappy am I! who will make me free from the body of this death?

Douay-Rheims Bible

Unhappy man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Darby Bible Translation

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of this body of death?

English Revised Version

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death?

Webster’s Bible Translation

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

World English Bible

What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death?

Young’s Literal Translation

A wretched man I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death?

 

Comments

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