Galatians 5:24-25, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
1. We “belong to Christ Jesus.” Our approval in God’s eyes rests not on our character or actions, but on His.
2. Because we belong to Christ we “have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” This is the identifying and dismantling of idols, to put an end to the ruling and power that idols have in our lives. This is about strangling sin at the motivational level, rather than simply trying to change at the behavioral level.
We have to ask ourselves why we do wrong, not just what we disobey God in order to get something we feel we MUST have.
3. We need to “keep in step with the Spirit.” This is a positive process (not simply giving things up), an active process (which we do) and something more than simple obedience (though it is not less than simple obedience).