Interpretation Project 2
In this my second interpretation project step one, I will illustrate the four steps of the Interpretive Journey for the New Testament letters in Journey into God's Word: Your Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible (pp.100-102) and apply these steps to Galatians 5:16-18 and "grasp the text in their own." The main verse is Galatians 5:16 which states: "This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." In these three verses Paul exhorted the Galatians to walk in the Spirit. Paul says that anyone who walks in the Spirit "will absolutely not" do the desires of the flesh. Paul contrast the works of the flesh with the fruit of the Spirit. Step 2
In this the second step I will "measure the width of the river to cross." There are several differences between the biblical audience and us today. Differences between us in culture, time and situations. Fortunately there is not a big river for us to cross with Galatians 5:16-18, it is a stream we can easily hop over. Step 3
In the third step I will "Cross the Pricipilizing Bridge." In light of how our situation is similar to the biblical audience I will identify the theological principles reflected in the text. The theological principles are walking in the Spirit and not carrying out the desires of the flesh. Step 4
In step four I will "grasp the text in our own." I will ask myself how individual Christians today should apply these theological principles in their lives. I will show two real-life applications of each principle. The first principle is walking in the Spirit. Application 1: Not being sexually physical with someone if you are not married. Application 2: Not being mad at someone and being the first to apologize when yoe were not the first one in the wrong.
The second principle is not to carry out the flesh's desires. Application 1: Not being sexually physical with someone you are not married to so your prayers can work...
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