Thursday, November 19, 2009

What does following the Spirit look like? discussion

Galatians 4-5:1
The Law is spelled out. It is black & white. It is easy to know if you are keeping the rules & following the Law.

However, we, as Christians, are not under the Law, but under Grace. We are called not to rules, but to freedom. We are not a part of the earthly Jerusalem (aka Hagar), but the heavenly Jerusalem (aka Sarah). We are not saved by the works of the Law, but by God's grace, through faith. We are free! It was freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery, of rules, of keeping the Law (Galatians 5:1). We are no longer slaves, we are now adopted as God's very own children. We died to the Law, so that we may live to God (Gal. 2:19).

By the way, the Law's intent, reason was to serve as a tutor, that leads us to Christ. The Law never made anyone righteous. Even Abraham was saved through faith, before the Law was given.

Questions 1. So how does the Spirit lead? Is it through rules (the New Testament)? Is it through emotions or promptings...and if so, how do we recognize those? Does the Spirit just want us to imitate Jesus and act out of love?

2. What does it LOOK LIKE to live by the Spirit? We know what following the Law looks like & if someone is or is not doing that. But what about living by the Spirit?

3. The Law has spelled out what is right & wrong & is therefore very black and white, and the Spirit=freedom, THEN how do we live in accordance with the Spirit & what does that look like? How do we obey God & do what he wants, so we can enjoy an open relationship with Him & enjoy living in His wisdom?

4. How do we know if we are being led by the Spirit?

A. The fruit of the Spirit will be evident in the person's life (Gal. 5:18-26).
B. We are not under the Law.
C. We will not carry out the desire (epithumia- upon the will, impulses, passions, lusts) of the flesh.
D. We will fulfill the Law-in freedom as sons, not out of obligation as slaves.

5. How does the Spirit then lead?

A. We know right from wrong & do not need anyone to teach us (Jeremiah 31:33-34).
B. We know what is good & what is evil (John 14:6).

6. What is the compass, by which we live? Are we actually trading the Hebrew Law for another set of rules? Are we exchanging the Hebrew Law for the Law of Christ? Or did Christ not give us a bunch of rules, but rather sent His Spirit to lead us?

7. So how do you know if you are following the Spirit? Or do we just do what we know is right & not worry about it?