WORKS OF THE FLESH
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying’s, murders, drunkenness, revelling’s, 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.
No passage in the Bible draws a closer contrast between the lifestyle of
a Spirit-filled believer and that of a person controlled by the sinful human nature than Galatians 5: 16-26. Paul nut only discusses general lifestyle differences by emphasizing that the Spirit and the sinful nature are at war with each other, but he also includes the specific list of both the acts of the sinful nature and the fruit of the Spirit.
The acts of the Sinful Nature. Being “in the flesh “or carnally minded are terms for the sinful human nature with its corrupt desires. The sinful remains within Christians after their conversions and is their deadly enemy. Romans 8: 6-6,13.
Those who practice the acts of the sinful nature cannot inherit God’s kingdom. Galatians 5:21. Therefore, this sinful nature must be resisted and put to death continually through the power of the Holy Spirit Romans 8: 4-14. The acts of the sinful nature Galatians 5: 19-21 include
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.
Contrasted to the acts of the sinful nature is a single-minded lifestyle called “the fruit of the Spirit.” This is produced in God’s children as they allow the Spirit to so direct and influence their lives as they allow the Spirit to do direct and influence their lives that they destroy sons power, especially the acts of the sinful nature, and walk in fellowship with God. Ephesians 4: 2-3.
Paul’s final comment about the fruit of the Spirit indicates that there are no restrictions on the lifestyle indicated here Christian can, in fact, must practice these virtues repeatedly, they will never discover a law prohibiting them from living according to these principles