The Flesh and the Spirit (Gal. 5:19-26)

Arguably the most familiar passage in the entire letter to the Galatians is the description of the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. Here, Paul sets forth a non-exhaustive list of the many characteristics of those who continue to live according sinful flesh with its passions and desires. For the Christian however, for those who have been liberated by the death of Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, “we know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin” and that we might consider ourselves “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:1-11). In this sermon, Pastor Dave works through both lists while encouraging us to no longer live for self but for God, the one who has called us “out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).