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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 22, 2010 - Spirit, Not Law

By Bob Caldwell

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22,23, NIV).

What an unusual statement: “Against such things there is no law.” Of course no one would make a law against these wonderful qualities. But that’s not what the statement means. Let’s set this statement in context for some clarification.

First, Paul declares that if we live in the Spirit we will not do the things of sin (5:16) because the sinful life and the Spirit-filled life are contrary to each other (5:17).

Second, he tells us that those who live by the Spirit are not under the Law (5:18). We’ll come back to this one.

Third, he says that sinful deeds are obvious and then makes a sample list of things that are, indeed, obviously sinful (5:19-21). No one would object to his examples.

Fourth, he lists the fruit of the Spirit (5:22,23) -- those things that are evident in the life of someone who lives daily in the Spirit.

Fifth, he proclaims that believers separate themselves so far from sin that it is like death (5:24).

Finally, he calls upon all believers to walk in the Spirit and not do the works of sin (5:25,26).

So how is it that those who live by the Spirit are not under the Law? When we walk in the Spirit, we do not need a list of rules. What is sinful is obvious, and we are not interested in those things. Rather, we are focused upon the things the Spirit brings to our attention.

Living without the guilt and punishment of the Law only requires us to walk every day in the Spirit of God.

— Bob Caldwell (Ph.D., Concordia Seminary) is an adjunct professor with Central Bible College-St. Louis campus.



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