Walk in the Spirit
by Ivan Ho 24 Aug 2021
“Walk in the Spirit” has been translated as “Keep in step with the Spirit” in NIV. The KJV translation means man and Spirit walking together as one. NIV translation suggests man trying to keep up with the Spirit of God, and there’s a huge difference in meanings between the two translations.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:24-26 KJV
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:24-26 NIV
This leads me to the next thought: What does it mean when the bible says “the two (husband and wife) shall become one flesh“? Many think it means sexual union, others don’t think at all. How can two distinctly different persons become one? In the flesh it is not possible for two people to become one person but in the Spirit it is possible.
When the disciples gathered together in the upper room in one accord, it is not just talking about them gathering together physically in one place but more importantly, they were all one in the Spirit.
Two persons can be living and eating together but that does not neccessaily mean they are one. They can only be one if they are both walking together in the Spirit, which leads me to the next thought:
The bible says “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers“. Two persons who are not walking in the same Spirit must not be yoked together. We can put two persons with different personalities together but if they carry different spirit, they cannot be joined together as one.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV
When two persons having different believe systems come together, sooner or later there will be conflicts.