The Apostle Paul was a guy that had achieved a lot before he met Jesus. He was a Pharisee and headed to the Sanhedrin, kind of the Supreme Court of the Jews. He was good with words, smart, well studied and probably well off. And when he went on a tare against the Christians who were perverting the Jewish faith he thought he was doing God a favor.
But, enter Jesus and everything changed. The hunter became the hunted. The man who could do it all himself learned that the more it was about him, the less Jesus’ power worked through him. He introduced this grace all over the Mediterranean. The Gentiles probably grabbed a hold of grace easier than the Jews. But the Jews were so used to following the law to be acceptable to God, to doing good things and looking good. In Galatia, they went after Jesus at first, but then either drifted back to works of the flesh or were convinced by persuasive people who came from Jerusalem.
Paul wrote to the Galatians rebuking and pleading not to go back to the flesh after having begun in the Spirit. He laid out just what the works of the flesh produce: idolatry, sexual sins, outbursts of anger, competition, striving, pride and jealousy. But the works of the Holy Spirit in our lives are things like peace, self control, goodness, patience and unity.
We do the same thing the Galatians did when we do not walk in the Spirit. It is so easy to deny the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, thinking that He’s the part of the trinity that is on hold. So then He gets quenched and ignored. The other way we do it is simply by doing our own thing, not from consulting with God, not dealing with sin habits and patterns, and not being in the Word to get the Spirit activated on a day to day basis.
In Romans 8 we find that those who live according to the flesh cannot please God and are hostile to Him. They are not led by God. I don’t like to be around Christians who are out of step with the Spirit. Their timing is just off. Everything is about them and they are cold toward spiritual things. I don’t like to be around myself when I’m out of step. Things fall apart and I am about my business, not God’s.
Romans 8:2 “The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death.”