If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 NKJV
Let’s take a closer look at the meditation for the day. I hope it’s not too late for you. We are paying a closer attention to the following phrases: “live by the Spirit” & “walk by the Spirit“. Are they different? Are they the same?
One of the commonest ways to dig up deeper meanings of Bible verses is to compare translations. Let us go there without further ado.
MSG: Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.
NLT: Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
AMPC: If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.
AMP: If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit].
From the foregoing, we can deduce that tbe first phrase, live in the Spirit, refers to a status of residence or in habitation, while the second, walk in the Spirit, refers to daily conduct – to conform to virtue and piety.
Also, from the foregoing, we can deduce that whereas the former is a gift which appears to already be concluded, the latter is an ongoing (daily) choice. Notice how it says, in some translations, “since we live…let us…” and in others “of we… let us…” suggesting that the latter is derived from the former.
This verse makes clear the fact that before the salvation of our souls, “moral works” are useless (as scripture says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9). However, after salvation, our conducts are important to God. Notice how He says: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).
The life of the Spirit we have in us can only be revealed by walking in the Spirit. The works of faith, the fruits of the Spirit, holy living, etc are all evidences of the life of the Spirit that we have in us. Apostle James concludes for us thus: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:17-18).
By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher