Reading today Galatians 5:24-25: ‘Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.’
I was drawn to this verse as part of the challenge of really growing my relationship with Christ is to deal with my sin. And as I draw closer to God, the more frequent it seems is the temptation. And God is telling me I need to manage this sin, and this Galatians reading provides some amazing direction.
When it talks of sinful nature the Greek behind it is referring to my earthly nature that is separate from God. So to draw near to God and being sinful are complete opposites, I cannot truly draw near to God and give in to sin. And when it says, ‘the sinful nature with its passions’ the Greek for passions is ‘pathemasin’ which isn’t so much about strong interests, but suffering, affliction and misfortune. So our sinful nature actually causes us to suffer greatly, will lead to serious misfortune and pain.
But I belong to Christ, I am one of His, and the Greek behind ‘crucified the sinful nature’, is that the sinful nature is utterly destroyed, it has no more power!
And how amazing is the statement, ‘Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.’ I live by the Spirit!! And when it says, ‘let us keep in step with the Spirit’ the Greek words behind it are similar to marching like a soldier: careful organized direction. So for me to draw near to God and live by the Spirit I need to organize my life so that I spend more time in those activities that draw me close to God. Setting aside a certain time each day to read God’s amazing Word, making a conscious commitment to have a prayerful attitude all day, to seek out Godly people to learn from, to look for opportunities where I can share Christ’s love with others. To live by the Spirit takes careful planning, and within that planned time the Holy Spirit will move freely in my life!
God bless ya!