If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
When you came to Jesus for salvation and trusted in Him, something radical happened. It might not have felt like there were big changes, but the Scriptures actually say that you died and rose again with Jesus so that you have a brand new life and you are a brand new creation. I can’t take the time here to explain everything that happened and, in fact, we don’t fully understand these amazing truths. Yet, the bottom line is that your old life is gone and a new life—in the Spirit—began.
So Paul looks at the Christian life as the natural outgrowth of the change that has taken place in us. Living rightly won’t bring that change, but that change will influence the way we live our lives. There is nothing in this that challenges the message of grace. This is what the Scripture teaches and this is what we believe.
The Christian is called to walk in the Spirit. There is some scholarly question as to whether the word should be capitalized in these passages. Are we to walk in the Holy Spirit or are we to walk in the new spiritual life that is in us? Of course the answer is “Yes!” Since the spirit in us is permanently and fully connected with the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:17), we end up talking about the same thing. To walk in the spirit and to walk in the Spirit are the same thing for believers.
But how do we do this? How do we walk in the Spirit? Well, don’t look to me for “seven easy steps to walking in the Spirit!” Walking in the Spirit is an expression of your personal relationship with Jesus. For me to tell you how to do it, or to give you standards to do it right, would be more than presumptuous, it would be inserting my ways into your relationship with Jesus.
However, the Scripture tells us what walking in the Spirit looks like and we can spend some time on those things. The next several posts will consider ways of walking, or let’s say, ways in which we should walk. I think we will find that walking in the Spirit looks a lot like living under grace. But one more about walking in the Spirit first . . . tomorrow.