The Meaning of Galatians 5:25 Explained

Galatians 5:25

KJV: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

YLT: if we may live in the Spirit, in the Spirit also we may walk;

Darby: If we live by the Spirit, let us walk also by the Spirit.

ASV: If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk.

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What does Galatians 5:25 Mean?

Verse Meaning

Now since (or "if," another first class condition in Greek that here states a condition true to reality) God has given us new life, we should do something. We should walk ("keep in step," NIV, as soldiers do when they march) daily by (with) the Spirit (i.e, in dependence on Him). He is God"s provision for us to live victoriously. The Holy Spirit leads every Christian, but not all choose to walk by the Spirit (i.e, follow His leading).
One writer argued that "flesh" and "spirit" were "... theological abbreviations in Paul"s argument that represent the two competing identities of the people of God in Galatia. The "flesh community" (Judaizers) is a community identified with the Mosaic law era and is therefore a community identified and characterized by a person bodily in his or her frailty and transitoriness and not indwelt by God"s Spirit. This community is representative of a person before or apart from Christ"s liberating death, burial and resurrection. By contrast the "Spirit community" is a community identified and characterized by a person bodily aided and enabled by God"s presence and also bodily liberated from sin"s dominion, a person experiencing the full liberation of Jesus" death and resurrection. Such persons are experiencing the freedom that Christ set them free to experience ( Galatians 5:1)." [1]
This community view does not commend itself to me as much as the individual view.
"Stated simply, the flesh is the individual behaving independently of the Spirit." [2]
Living by the Spirit is similar to walking by the Spirit. The former term looks at the Spirit as the source and sustaining power of the believer"s spiritual life whereas the latter one views Him as the regulative principle in his or her conduct. [3]

Context Summary

Galatians 5:13-26 - Produce The Fruit Of The Spirit
That Christ has freed us from the Law as a means of salvation does not free us from moral restraint, but brings us under the constraint of a higher law, the law of love. We do not keep this law to be saved; but, being saved, we keep it out of love toward Christ. The power of the new life is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Unite yourself with His life that you find rising up within you. Live in the Spirit. A child was much disappointed because when she took a cupful of water out of the blue lake, it did not look blue in the cup; so her teacher told her to throw the cup into the midst of the lake and leave it there. As we live and walk in the Spirit, we are safe.
The Holy Spirit brings influences to bear which act upon the germs of sin, as a disinfectant upon the germs of disease. If we yield ourselves to these influences, and are filled with the Spirit of Jesus, we shall be delivered from the self-life, which the Apostle describes as the flesh. As Jesus is more and more formed in us, the new flower and fruitage of the risen life will appear, while the corrupt works of the flesh will shrink and drop away, [source]

Chapter Summary: Galatians 5

1  He wills them to stand in their liberty,
3  and not to observe circumcision;
13  but rather love, which is the sum of the law
19  He lists the works of the flesh,
22  and the fruits of the Spirit,
25  and exhorts to walk in the Spirit

Greek Commentary for Galatians 5:25

By the Spirit let us also walk [πνευματι και στοιχωμεν]
Present subjunctive (volitive) of στοιχεω — stoicheō “Let us also go on walking by the Spirit.” Let us make our steps by the help and guidance of the Spirit. [source]
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d Lipsius makes this verse the beginning of ch. 6. Weizsäcker begins that chapter with Galatians 5:26. There seems to be no sufficient reason. Galatians 5:25is connected naturally with the immediately preceding line of thought. “Such being your principle of life, adapt your conduct (walk) to it.” The hortatory form of Galatians 5:26, and its contents, fall in naturally with the exhortation to walk by the Spirit, and with the reference to biting and devouring, Galatians 5:15, and envyings, Galatians 5:21. The connection of the opening of ch. 6 with the close of ch. 5 is not so manifest; and the address brethren and the change to the second person (Galatians 6:1) seem to indicate a new section. [source]
In the Spirit [πνεύματι]
Better, by the Spirit, the dative being instrumental as Galatians 5:16. [source]
Walk [στοιχῶμεν]
A different word from that in Galatians 5:16. Only in Paul, except Acts 21:24. From στοίχος arow. Hence, to walk in line; to march in battle order (Xen. Cyr. vi. 3,34). Συνστοιχεῖ answerethto, Galatians 4:25(note). See also on στοιχεία elements Galatians 4:3. Paul uses it very graphically, of falling into line with Abraham's faith, Romans 4:12. [source]

What do the individual words in Galatians 5:25 mean?

If we live by [the] Spirit also we should walk
Εἰ ζῶμεν Πνεύματι καὶ στοιχῶμεν

ζῶμεν  we  live 
Parse: Verb, Present Indicative Active, 1st Person Plural
Root: ζάω  
Sense: to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead).
Πνεύματι  by  [the]  Spirit 
Parse: Noun, Dative Neuter Singular
Root: πνεῦμα  
Sense: a movement of air (a gentle blast.
καὶ  also 
Parse: Conjunction
Root: καί  
Sense: and, also, even, indeed, but.
στοιχῶμεν  we  should  walk 
Parse: Verb, Present Subjunctive Active, 1st Person Plural
Root: στοιχέω  
Sense: to proceed in a row as the march of a soldier, go in order.

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