Spirituality according to Galatians

The reason the Lord Jesus Christ saved us is to deliver us from this present evil world 1:4 To give us spiritual benefits.

Yet the carnal person is one who is v 6 "soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:" v 7 ..."there be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ."

The foundation for a spiritual walk is this statement in:

Galatians 2:20"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5 - 6 deals with spirituality by defining spirituality and comparing it to all of that which is not spiritual. Here Paul seems to take the tendencies of the natural man and the carnal man and and he merges the concepts as being anything but spiritual.

ch5:1 indicates that the spiritual "stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." 

This entangling concept is a clear picture of one who claims to be in Christ, but wishes to return to that which he formerly knew as a natural man.

v 7-10 shows that they seemed to start out as spiritual but someone came along and hindered them. They listened. Now they are troubled.

v 13-16 reminds them that the spiritual are servants just as was stated in 1 Corinthians 4:1-2. They are reminded by the term servant that they are subject to Christ and should conduct their thoughts and actions according to humility. v 13b They are by love to serve one another. v 14 states the degree of love they are to serve, reminding them of Jesus second great commandment. Leviticus 19:18 & Matthew 22:39

v 15 He reminds them that the a characteristic of the carnal is to bite and devour one another.

Then he instructs them to "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." This is a command. It is a specific thing to do. It changes the course of one's conduct. Spirituality is compared to the purity evidenced in the Godhead. It is not determined or compared to something evidenced in competing persons. Spirituality is only to be observed in fellow man when that one is demonstrating godliness.

The lust of the flesh is a characteristic of the natural man and the carnal man. It is a sin according to 1 John 2:16. There is describes it as being according to "the ways of the world". Ephesians 2:2-3 describes "lusts of the flesh" as a part of the domain of Satan. v 17 states "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."

v 18 states that "if ye are led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law". The law represents the fleshly ways. This passage also indicates that we have a choice. Our choice is to BE LED of the Spirit. You will be led. Who do you prefer to be led by. The right choice gives you freedom. ch 5:1 (liberty)

Now we have a listing of the works of the flesh and how it is manifest.

adultery
fornication
uncleanness
lasciviousness
Idolatry
witchcraft
hatred
varieance
emulations
wrath
strife
seditions
heresies
envyings
murders
drunkenness
revellings
and such like

v 21 gives warning "that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  So if one claims to be carnal and revels in such things and has no repentence, it could well be they were never saved at all.

The spiritual man will bear v 22 the fruit of the Spirit.

love
joy
peace
longsuffering
gentleness
goodness
faith
meekness
temperance

Of all these, "against such there is no law"  It is this list which will be manifested in our life when we walk in the Spirit.

v 24 The spiritual one who is identified with Christ "have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."

v. 25 "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." The command has come back full circle.
The characteristic of walking in the spirit is v 26 "Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Being spiritual then is a way of life. It is not an instant of time. Is is a pattern of life which carries forth in normal operations of living. It is a relationship of servitude to Christ. It has to do with attitude and subjection.

Characteristics of one who lives in the Spirit and walks in the Spirit.

Galatians 6:1 Such a one is to minister to others who are overtaken with a fault. (fault - side-slip [lapse or deviation, error[unintentional], transgression [wilful].)
The manner of service is "ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

v.2  Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

v. 4 But let every man prove his own work

prove - test to approve dokimazo; work - toil, actions

v 5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

v 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

v 8 he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Note several verses which deal with reaping and sowing and the curses and blessing attached to it. This is a statement of contrast between the carnal and the spiritual. v 7-9

v.9 And let us not be weary in well doing  doing beautiful things, that which is morally good, virtuous, valuable

v 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.