Galatians 5: You who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace

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1. Complete Chapter

Galatians 5
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Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
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Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
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And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.
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You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
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For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
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For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
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You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
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This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
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A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
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I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
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And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
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I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!
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For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
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For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
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But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
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I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
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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.
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But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
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Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
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idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
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envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which 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.
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
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gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
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If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
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Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:1-6

2. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace

Galatians 5:1-6
1
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
2
Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
3
And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.
4
You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
5
For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
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For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

  1. If we do not stand fast, what will happen?
    • Galatians 5:1
      Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
  2. If they were to become circumcised, what would Christ profit for them?
    • Galatians 5:2
      Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
  3. If a person get circumcised, what do they become a debtor to keep?
    • Galatians 5:3
      And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.
  4. If a person attempts to be justified by the law, who are they estranged from, and what have they fallen from?
    • Galatians 5:4
      You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
  5. What do we eagerly wait for?
    • Galatians 5:5
      For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
  6. In Christ, what really matters?
    • Galatians 5:6
      For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

Galatians 5:7-12

3. You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

Galatians 5:7-12
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You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
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This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
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A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
10
I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
11
And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
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I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

  1. Although they had ran well, what had they been hindered from obeying?
    • Galatians 5:7
      You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
  2. Where does this persuasion not come from?
    • Galatians 5:8
      This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
  3. What does a little bit of leaven (yeast) do to a whole lump of bread dough?
    • Galatians 5:9
      A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
  4. What will he who was troubling them bear?
    • Galatians 5:10
      I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
  5. What was Paul still suffering?
    • Galatians 5:11
      And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
  6. What did Paul wish that those who were troubling them would do?
    • Galatians 5:12
      I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

Galatians 5:13-15

4. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” 

Galatians 5:13-15
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For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
14
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
15
But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

  1. What have we been called to, and what are we not to do?
    • Galatians 5:13
      For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
  2. What is the whole law fulfilled in?
    • Galatians 5:14
      For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
  3. What are we to beware of?
    • Galatians 5:15
      But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

Galatians 5:16-18

5. I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh

Galatians 5:16-18
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I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17
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.
18
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

  1. If we walk by the Spirit, what will we not fulfill?
    • Galatians 2:16
      "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
  2. Why do the Spirit and the flesh lust against each other?
    • Galatians 2:17
      "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!
  3. If you are led by the Spirit, what are you not under?
    • Galatians 2:18
      "For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

Galatians 5:19-21

6. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, and the like

Galatians 5:19-21
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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; of which 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.

  1. What are evident works of the flesh?
    • Galatians 2:19-20
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      "For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.
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      "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
  2. What will happen to those who practice these things?
    • Galatians 2:21
      "I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."

Galatians 5:22-26

7. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law

Galatians 5:22-26
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
24
And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

  1. What are the fruit of the Spirit? What law is against them
    • Galatians 5:22-23
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      But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
      23
      gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
  2. What have those who belong to Christ done to the flesh and its passions and desires?
    • Galatians 5:24
      And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
  3. If we live by the Sprit, how are we to walk?
    • Galatians 5:25
      If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
  4. What are we not to do?
    • Galatians 5:26
      Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.