Works of the Flesh
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Before even listing the works of the flesh, Paul starts by mentioning that they are evident. In other words, not only is this list not exhaustive, but we who are born of the flesh should inherently be able to recognize what is considered a work of the flesh.
Since works of the flesh are driven by sin, that means we inherently should know whether something is sin or not. We know when we are committing sin.
The message is clear: those who continue to live in the flesh and commit sin without repentance will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Fruits of the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
In sharp contrast to works of the flesh, we have the fruits of the Spirit. This is the good stuff–unlike works of the flesh, the law does not forbid them.
However, since we are born of the flesh, it's not possible for us to produce fruits of the Spirit unless we submit to Christ and crucify our own flesh. Only once our flesh dies and the Spirit lives in us can we start to bear fruit.
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