Galatians 5



Galatians 5 centers on the theme of freedom in Christ and warns against the dangers of legalism. It encourages believers to live by the Spirit, producing the fruit of righteousness, and contrasts the works of the flesh with the virtues of the Spirit.


  1. Freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1-6): Paul emphasizes the freedom believers have in Christ, urging them not to submit again to the yoke of slavery. Circumcision and law-keeping are contrasted with faith working through love.

  2. Warning Against Legalism (Galatians 5:7-12): Paul expresses concern about the influence of false teachers who are hindering the Galatians' progress in their Christian journey. He uses strong language to condemn those who promote circumcision for justification.

  3. Walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:13-26): Paul encourages believers to use their freedom to serve one another in love. He contrasts the works of the flesh with the fruit of the Spirit, emphasizing the importance of walking in the Spirit to avoid falling into sinful behaviors. The chapter concludes with a call to live by the Spirit, crucifying the flesh, and bearing the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.