So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Paul is taking another swing at the Law, but then that’s the whole point of his letter. He does so here in an interesting way as he points out something so fundamentally obvious to even a brand new Christian that it should be impossible to argue with.
Living by the flesh is in conflict with living by the Spirit.
Anybody surprised by this revelation? I didn’t think so. Some time back, I called living by the Spirit “counter-intuitive” and so it is.
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