Sketched V Day 5 Saul, All Of Us: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) Paul tells the Galatians that the key to not carrying out the desires of the flesh was simple: walk by the Spirit. How was this great news to them?

2) Paul takes the time to list specific works of the flesh and warn against them. Why do you think he thought this was important to address?

3) Where in the New Testament do we see the Church living out the Fruits of the Spirit?

Galatians 5:16-25

16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things—as I warned you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

and on all that your hands produce.”

Original Intent

1) Paul tells the Galatians that the key to not carrying out the desires of the flesh was simple: walk by the Spirit. How was this great news to them?
Before the Holy Spirit was given to believers at Pentecost, the only way to find favor with God and avoid the desires of the flesh was to follow the law. The law was made up of more than 600 rules! Living by the letter of the law was impossible. No human was (or is) capable of reaching this goal, except for one. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, so those who believed in him no longer had to strive to be perfect using their own strength and will. Instead, Paul offers a simple answer: walk by the Spirit. That’s it! No more striving, no more weight of the law, no more guilt, or endless shame, simply the freedom of the gospel!

2) Paul takes the time to list specific works of the flesh and warn against them. Why do you think he thought this was important to address?
The works of the flesh are the actions that sinful humans naturally gravitate towards apart from the transformation work of the Holy Spirit. This list may seem oddly specific, but he addresses a wide range of sinful tendencies. He warns that one who practices these things as a pattern of life has not been freed as child of God to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. Practicing these things, and actions like them, as a life habit exhibits a life without the Holy Spirit dwelling within. No, the Galatians were no longer held to the law, but that did not give them a free pass to live according to their fleshly desires. Paul’s list here gives a stark contrast to his next list: the Fruits of the Spirit.

3) Where in the New Testament do we see The Church living out the Fruits of the Spirit?
The Fruits of the Spirit paint a beautiful picture of how God’s children live their lives for God by loving those around them. We see how the Holy Spirit spurred new Christians to live out the Fruits of the Spirit throughout the New Testament. In Acts 2, we read about how the early Church was generous with their belongings (kindness, goodness, self-control) and fellowshipped together with joy (love, joy). In Ephesians 1, Paul encourages and commends the Ephesians because he’d heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus and their love for all of the saints (faithfulness and love). In 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks of how the Macedonia church joyfully gave generously even in their poverty (joy, peace, kindness). These works of the Spirit by the early Church were how they, through the Spirit, were set apart from the culture around them. They no longer lived under the law, but the power of the Holy Spirit enabled them to live with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Everyday Application

1) Paul tells the Galatians that the key to not carrying out the desires of the flesh was simple: walk by the Spirit. How was this great news to them?
In Christ, we, too, are not under the law. We know we don’t have to follow the Old Testament law, but how often do we put a “law” on ourselves? We make rules for ourselves (and others), often meaning well, but ultimately leading to a works-based salvation. Like the Galatians, we must be reminded we don’t need to follow a set of rules, but instead must walk in step with the Spirit by submitting our ways to His. Even so, there will be days we fail to walk by the Spirit, and there’s grace for that. Walking by the Spirit isn’t another rule to follow, but a freedom to live in.

2) Paul takes the time to list specific works of the flesh and warn against them. Why do you think he thought this was important to address?
It’s easy to look at some of the sins on this list and think, “that’s not relevant to our current culture” or “I would never struggle with that sin!”. It’s true, one doesn’t often encounter sorcery in our current culture. However, we see people turn to spiritual practices, but miss that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). You might not have had an outburst of anger lately, but maybe you have been letting anger fester in your heart. Take time to reflect on this list and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes if any of these sins are a regular practice or pattern in your life. Don’t use this time to feel shame or condemnation (Romans 8:1-2), but ask God for forgiveness and for Him to change your heart’s desire from works of the flesh to Fruits of the Spirit instead. Thank Him that you have freedom in Christ and forgiveness of sins no matter how many times you mess up.

3) Where in the New Testament do we see The Church living out the Fruits of the Spirit?
Where have you seen the Fruits of the Spirit being lived out lately? Maybe it’s in your local church or in a faith-based social justice organization. Has a good friend displayed the Fruits of the Spirit to you recently? Follow Paul’s example and encourage them in that! Send them a text telling them how you are seeing the Fruit of the Spirit in their life and how it’s blessed you. Then take time to reflect on your own life. Has the transforming power of the Holy Spirit impacted your heart and life that the Fruits of the Spirit are evident in your daily journey? Are there areas of your life that some of these qualities are lacking? Pray to God to reveal those areas to you and ask Him to help you to grow. Then thank God that when we fall short, He sees us clothed in the righteousness of Christ instead of in our sinful flesh!

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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