Galatians 5:21b

In Galatians 5:21b Paul reminds the Galatians that when we are guilty of sin (the flesh), we won’t be welcomed into the Kingdom of God. He had just reviewed a long list with the church of the many things that cause us to be separated from God. He warns them loudly – if you sin, you’re not going to get in. Jesus Christ is the only way we can inherit the kingdom. We cannot do it on our own. “I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” The law will never get us there. We can’t possibly walk in obedience to the law. Jesus is the only answer.

So what’s at stake? Not much – only eternity. And eternity is a very long time, so this is a very important truth because how you address this truth will determine your eternity. Choosing to walk in the flesh is rebellion against God. And that is not how you get on the right side of the Creator. Paul’s clear – if you walk in the flesh you violate the law and therefore stand before God on your own merits. Those who continue on in these sins, ignoring the voice of the Holy Spirit telling them to “stop” will not enter heaven. As humans, we will fail. On our own we continue habitually in sin. And that means we spend eternity apart from God outside of Jesus.

Guzik writes “The strength and certainty of Paul in this verse is striking. Paul may sound rigid or even harsh here, but he is consistent with the Biblical idea of conversion. When we come to Jesus to have our sins forgiven and our soul saved, He also changes our life. It doesn’t happen all at once, and the work will never be perfected on this side of eternity, but there will be a real change none the less”. As Charles Spurgeon is said to have put it, “The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul.” The idea isn’t that a Christian could never commit these sins, but that they could never stay in these sins.

Luther wrote “Christians also fall and perform the lusts of the flesh. David fell horribly into adultery. Peter also fell grievously when he denied Christ. However great as these sins were, they were not committed to spite God, but from weakness. When their sins were brought to their attention these men did not obstinately continue in their sin, but repented. Those who sin through weakness are not denied pardon as long as they rise again and cease to sin. There is nothing worse than to continue in sin. If they do not repent, but obstinately continue to fulfill the desires of the flesh, it is a sure sign that they are not sincere.”

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