Five Minutes a Day with Luther Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bible Passage:Gal 5:22-24
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
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The Apostle calls these Christian virtues the fruits of the Spirit, for they bring with them most excellent fruits and benefits. All those who have them give glory to God, and with these fruits draw and entice others to embrace the doctrine and faith of Christ. Then he names these virtues, with which the Christian gives glory to God, and says: "Against such things there is no Law." As he says in another place: "The Law is not given for the righteous man." For the righteous live in such a way that they have no need of any Law to admonish or to constrain them, but without the compulsion of the Law, they willingly do those things which the Law requires. They have received the Holy Ghost by faith, who will not permit them to be idle. Although the flesh may resist, still they walk after the Spirit. So a Christian accomplishes the Law inwardly by faith, for Christ is the fulfilling of the Law for righteousness to all that believe; outwardly by works and remission of sins. This whole section concerning works shows that the true believers are not hypocrites. They are also provoked to anger, uncleanness, etc., which, nevertheless, they do not do, but crucify the flesh, that is, they repress the wantonness of the flesh, and walk according to the Spirit. When they are admonished by the threatenings of God, in which He declares that He will severely punish sin, they are afraid to commit sin, and being armed with the Word of God, with faith and prayer, they do not obey the lusts of the flesh.
That gladly I obey Thy Word,
Create in me a new heart, Lord,
And naught but what Thou wilt, desire;
With such new life my soul inspire.