By The Spirit
Galatians 5:16 | Do not miss the promise of this passage! Live, that is, “do everything” by the Spirit. By the Spirit means: trusting in HIS power, believing in HIS ability, accepting HIS definitions of Good and Evil and submitting to HIS authority. Take note that when we live by the Spirit, we will, “definitely not accomplish the cravings of the flesh”! See Romans 8:5-11.
Galatians 5:17 | This is our struggle: against the sin living in us (see Romans 7:15-20) and against the powers of this dark world (see Ephesians 6:10-18) and against death (see 1 Corinthians 15:50-58).
Galatians 5:21 | After providing a long list of activities in verses 20-21, Paul says those who continually practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. This is the call to repentance: which is to continually move in a direction away from such things. But DO NOT fall back into the trap of slavery (see verse 1!) by trying to do this on your own! LIVE BY THE SPIRIT. See 2 Corinthians 3:17-4:18!
Galatians 5:22-23 | It is not your fruit, it is HIS fruit! And “fruit” is singular indicating it is a set, it all comes from Him as more of a basket than individual items. None of these words is “religious” in nature, but utterly practical and knowable to all people, desirable to all people, powerful for all people and these are the things Jesus will do in us and through us to bring about His Kingdom!
Galatians 2:20 & Galatians 5:25 | This is how we live by the Spirit! By faith! In Jesus! Knowing what He has done for each of us! Knowing what He has done to define our identities, to clarify who we are so that we would be FREE. Free to walk in step with the Spirit no matter what happens! Always read Galatians 2:20 and 5:1 and 5:22-23 and 5:25 together! (Along with Romans 8!)