Paul’s letter to the Galatians comes now to its closing remarks. This is the part where many start looking at their watches during a very long conference.
As we move towards the end of Paul’s letter to the churches at Galatia, he gave one last exhortation on living and walking by the Spirit. Continuing on his agricultural imagery from Galatians 5:22-24,
The main point of Galatian 5:13-15 is the imperative to serve one another through love, and its negative flip side to not give opportunity for the flesh. But how can I serve others and not give opportunity for the flesh?
Galatians 5:13-15 is just a continuation of Paul’s exhortation to the Galatian believers. First he entreats them in Galatians 4:12-20 to imitate him to live their lives in freedom.
Paul wraps up the whole section about slavery and freedom with the exhortation in Galatians 5:1 to stand firm in freedom, and not to submit again to a yoke of slavery.
What is freedom in the fullest sense of the word? Full freedom according to John Piper is “what you have when no lack of opportunity, no lack of ability, and no lack of desire prevents you from doing what will make you happiest in a thousand years.