Gal. 5:25 ESV ¶ If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
I love the way this verse reads in the ESV translation of the New Testament. This verse describes living in the power of the Spirit to a step by step endeavor. It’s not being filled somewhere in the past or in a recent church meeting, this verse describes being continually filled with the Spirit so that our steps are empowered by the Lord. Now some will say if you are a Christian the Spirit is always in you. Technically and theologically that is true. The problem is this what we have legally doesn’t find its way into our lives consistently. The remedy? Continual fillings, daily walking by the Spirit, is the only way to realize the victorious Christian life. Without His power daily we stumble into different versions of ungodly behavior. As a result, many will alter their definition of grace to fit their experience. We must be filled and filled again to walk in Christlike holiness. Holiness is not a legalistic word, it is a description of one who is in step with the Spirit. Here are some thoughts from the Life in the Spirit NT Commentary.
“Paul’s mandate for holy living is not a new legalism. On the contrary, true holiness can only be wrought by the Spirit of holiness. Hence in Galatians 5:25, Paul exhorts, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” This verse is better translated, “If in fact we are living by the Spirit, then we ought also to walk by the Spirit.” Holiness is a lifestyle that is completely governed by the dictates of God’s Spirit. The word translated “keep in step” (stoichomeri) is derived from stoichos, meaning a “row” or a “line.” So those who submit to the Spirit literally have their steps ordered by the Spirit. Narcissism has no place in the Spirit-filled life. Any self-promotion distorts the body of Christ and casts the sincere contribution of others in a poor light. In turn this “false image” incites others to carnal ambition and petty jealousy. The failure of one tends to implicate all.”
Soooooo, let’s be filled with the Spirit on a daily basis. Spirit filled living is what the New Testament describes. Rather than comparing our behavior to the culture around us, let Christ Himself be formed in us by the Holy Spirit. How can we do that? STEP BY STEP.