Freedom – Week 5 :: October 29, 2017 – David Fugoyo

Galatians 5:19-24 – “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Biblical Freedom – Free from whatever holds you captive. No longer slaves; therefore free to be who God made me to be.

Worldly freedom – free to do whatever I want to do.

Galatians 5:19-21 – Sinful nature – fruit is “evident/obvious”

  1. sexual immorality
  2. idolatry and witchcraft
  3. improper conduct toward others

if you practice these things (live your life this way) – you will not “inherit the kingdom of God.”

Galatians 5:22-24 – “BUT” the fruit of the spirit…for those who submit their life to Christ

  1. Love, Joy, Peace – Relationship to God
  2. Patience, Kindness, Goodness – Relationship with others
  3. Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control – within you

Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (see also Romans 6:6, Galatians 2:20)

Truths that everyone knew in that day about crucifixion:

  1. crucifixion was for those who commit a crime – your sin is a crime against the Lord
  2. crucifixion made it painfully difficult to breathe – you must suffocate the sinful nature, don’t let it breathe
  3. crucifixion made one painfully thirsty – don’t give the flesh any water or any chance to grow
  4. crucifixion always led to death – you must fully kill the sinful nature and its desires/passions

If you are submitted to the world, you will reap fruit of the flesh

If you re submitted to the Lord, you will reap the fruit of the spirit –> where Freedom reigns

“If the Son has set you free, you are free indeed”