Galatians Chapter 5 has teachings by Paul that relate to being righteous, being faithful, and following Christ with the heart rather than following a bunch of rules.
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Freedom in Christ
At that time Paul wrote this letter, many Christians were being taught that they had to be circumcised to achieve salvation. Paul said that they should not listen to these teachings. If they wanted to live according to a set of laws, he said Christ could not help them. He explained that it was not important if a person was physically circumcised or not, but it was their faith in Christ that was important.
Serving Others with Love
In Galatians Chapter 5, Paul mentioned that believers should love one another. He said that even though believers have freedom in Christ, they should not use it as an excuse to please themselves. Rather, he said all of God’s commandments could be summed up by simply loving each other instead of putting each other down.
The Spirit of the Flesh
Paul discussed the different types of things a person does when they are led by their fleshly desires. Some of those things include idolatry, strife, adultery, witchcraft, fornication, hatred, heresies, envy, murder, and wrath.
Fruits of the Spirit
On the other hand, Paul explained some of the characteristics of one who is led by the Holy Spirit. These are positive attributes that include peace, joy, patience, gentleness, love, faithfulness and goodness. Galatians Chapter 5 concludes with Paul warning against being boastful or proud about themselves. He also said that believers should not be jealous of others.
Galatians 5 (King James Version)
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.