Walking after the Spirit of God is explained in Romans 8 (also see Galatians 5).
Romans 8:1, 4-8, 12-14 King James Version (KJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
- There is no condemnation only for those that are in Christ Jesus who walk after the Spirit.
- The righteousness of God’s law is fulfilled when we walk after the Spirit.
- The flesh and the Spirit are opposite. You can walk after one or the other, not both.
- Those walking after the flesh cannot please God.
- Walking in the flesh causes us to die, whereas those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.
What does that all mean?
- If we walk after the flesh, the law still applies to us because the righteousness of God’s law is not being fulfilled.
- If we walk after the flesh, we shall die, as in we shall be destroyed physically and spiritually.
- The concept of “Once Saved Always Saved” cannot be correct. Why? See verses 13 and 14 above. It is possible for brethrens to walk after the flesh and die.
Walking after the Spirit of God
1 John 2:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Distrust our carnal senses – our eyes, ears, nose, taste, touch and brain. See things from the point of view of the Spirit of God.
For example, when we see a beautiful person – a young woman or a young man; our eyes say they are beautiful, our brain emits chemicals and our body gets excited, whether we want our bodies to do that or not. This is the work of the flesh.
The Spirit of God does not care about outward appearances and physical things. God sees a person’s heart: Are they loving, kind, gentle, respectful and worshipful towards God? Observe their manner and speech. Is it in accordance with the word of God?
Another example: have we got the urge to look through shopping catalogues to see what we “need”. That is the work of the flesh. It is never satisfied. It always wants more.
God is the opposite. If we are constantly pursuing the Spirit of God , anything simple is sufficient. We have no other needs that require fulfilment. We are naturally content with whatever we have.
Philippians 4:11-12 King James Version (KJV)
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
This is the meaning of learning to be content. Whether we have nothing or we have a lot, we are always content. Whether we are full or hungry, we are always content. Because our spirit is walking after the Spirit of God to do the things of the Spirit, which is to save souls.