This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
I. When man trusts in anything he has done it cannot be God's Spirit who leads to the doing of it.
II. No non-fulfilment of the lust of the flesh, which is not the result of walking in the Spirit, affords any proof of life in the soul.
III. The operations of grace may be closely imitated, though no change may have passed over the heart.
IV. In his endeavour to destroy men the devil may employ morality as well as villainy.
V. It is not enough for the mortification of the deeds of the body that the lusts of the flesh should appear unfulfilled.
VI. If, therefore, you would judge of the life in the soul by the command which is exercised over the body, you must bring into account the agency employed as well as the result effected.
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.