Understanding Galatians 5:16-21

Q. In Galatians 5:16-21 Paul deals with the issue of continuing in sin. I realize that God not only saved me but also keeps me; However in Galatians 5:21 he says that “I have for warned you, that those who practice such things (as listed in vs.19-20) shall not inherit the kingdom of God. How do you answer this?

A. The Greek word translated “practice” in Gal. 5:21 means “to exercise, practice, to be busy with, or carry on”. It can be compared with a lawyer practicing law or a doctor practicing medicine. Both spend more time each day practicing their profession than anything else.

In Romans 8:5-8 Paul described this “practicing” as having one’s mind set on following the ways of the sin nature. Even at our worst, we don’t wake up each morning with our minds set on sinning against God. See the difference?

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