A Short Study of Galatians 5:18
“But if you are led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
If we are led of the Spirit by walking in Him; if He be our Guide and Teacher; if He be continually operating upon our heart, and bringing near the influences of His grace; if He be in us and with us, guiding us into all truth, making and keeping us believing, loving, prayerful, tender, watchful, humble, contrite, and sincere; if we are thus led by the Spirit, we are not then under the law. Now while the conflict is going on in your bosom, you are often in your feelings under the law. The law’s curse is ringing in your ears, the law’s condemnation piercing your conscience. The flesh in some unguarded moment, it may be, prevails–you are entangled in some evil; you slip and fall into something which brings guilt upon your conscience. Now the law thunders; inward condemnation re-echoes its peals; and the soul falls into bondage, doubt, and fear.
But if you are led by the Spirit–if that blessed Guide is pleased to lead you out of yourself into Christ’s blood and righteousness; if you are experimentally favoured with His blessed teachings and sweet influences, bringing with them light, life, liberty, and love, the law has no more curse for you; it cannot condemn you to hell, nor send your soul to lie forever under the curse of God. For being led by the Spirit you are delivered from the curse of the law into the blessing of the gospel; from the bondage of the law into the liberty of truth; from law charges into gospel mercies; from the accusations of a guilty conscience into the witness of a good conscience, because a purged and sprinkled conscience, and to sum it all up in one sentence, are thus translated from the power of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. Oh the blessedness of walking in the Spirit, and being led by the Spirit!