Mortal Enemies

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law (Galatians 5).

The phrase “will not” is written with a double negative in the Greek, giving it its strongest meaning: “in no way will you ….”—offering absolutely no possibility for the action. In other words, it is impossible to “walk by the Spirit” and at the same time “carry out the desire of the flesh.” It’s just not happening.

The Spirit and the flesh are “in opposition to one another” as mortal enemies, neither of whom will desist nor defect, for the Spirit will never backslide and the flesh will never back down. But the flesh can be overcome through the Spirit, who frees us from the Law in the sense of causing us to trust in God’s grace rather than in our own works (attempts at fulfilling the Law).

Lord, thank You for Your Spirit who lives within us. Help us This Day to walk by Your Spirit so that we can also walk past our flesh. Amen.