Galatians 5:21. “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. ”
Envyings: gr. phthonos, meaning ill-will, detraction, jealousy, spite
Murders: gr. phonos, meaning slay, slaughter
Drunkenness: gr. methe, meaning intoxication
Revellings: gr. komos, meaning carousal, as if a letting loose; rioting.
Paul is quite emphatic in his next few statements: “I’ve told you this before, and I’m telling you again: Those who continue in such behaviors, who make it a lifestyle and do not repent, will not inherit the kingdom of God!”
The sense here is that people who can live this way and never feel a twinge of conscience are not, and never were, truly born again. They are living completely in the flesh because they have never had the Spirit to begin with.
Believers sometimes are enticed by worldly behaviors. These “chains of bondage” can wrap us up and keep us captive until we turn to God in repentence and seek forgiveness, and then we are free to live in the abundance of the grace of God.
Next week, on Monday, we’ll start walking through the fruit of the Spirit.