The Holy Spirit in Galatians

GALATIANS (AD 48-50) The Holy Spirit in Galatians emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. Membership fee is zero but the Maintenance fee costs you everything. Galatians was written to counter false teaching about Christianity and the law and the relationship between faith and works.



SALVATION—SPIRIT WAKING
         And Can It Be
1. And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior's blood? 
Died He for me who caused His pain! 
For me who Him to death pursued? 
Amazing love! How can it be That 
Thou, my God, should die for me?

Chorus: Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me! 
Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me!
2. He left His Father's throne above, 
So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love, 
And bled for Adam's helpless race. 
'Tis mercy all, immense and free, 
For O my God, it found out me!
3. Long my imprisoned spirit lay, 
Fast bound in sin and nature's night; 
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
4. No condemnation now I dread; 
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine; 
Alive in Him, my living Head, 
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne, 
And claim the crown, through Christ my own
~ Charles Wesley 

·   We GRACIOUSLY received Him by Faith
o  Conversion

Gal. 3:1-2 “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?”

·   We are MATURED by the Spirit
o  Assurance

Gal. 3:3 “Are you so foolish? Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?”
      
·   WE are TRANSFORMED by the Spirit
o  Service

Gal. 3:5 “Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?”
    
SONSHIP—SPIRIT WITNESSING

·   We gained all PROMISES by the Spirit

Hebrews 11:8-19 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. 13 These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your descendants be named." 19 He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.”

Gal. 3:13-14 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, "Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree" -- 14 that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”   

SANCTIFICATION—SPIRIT WALKING

·   We enter into SONSHIP by the Spirit

Gal. 4:6 “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’”
      
·   We can WALK VICTORIOUSLY by the Spirit
o  Winning

 Gal. 5:16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.”      

·   We can BEAR fruit by the Spirit
o  Bearing

Gal. 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  

·   We enter the SPIRIT-FILLED WALK
o  Growing

Gal. 5:25 “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

·   We have SPIRITUAL ATTITUDES by Him
o  Serving

Gal. 6:1 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted.”
·   We SOW and REAP to the Spirit
o  Investing

Ecc 12:1 “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when you will say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’"

Gal. 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

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