“Walking in the Spirit” via the Conscience…what does that mean? (Galatians 5:16)
The natural law of conscience has been extant from the creation of the angels forward as an arbiter of free will (Romans 2:14-15). It is the law of conscience that Elohim infused within the human genome on Day-6 as He created human kind in His spiritual image for His eschatological purposes (Genesis 1:26-28). Today, philosophers, teachers of law, historians, theologians, refer to the law of conscience as the “natural law” or the “moral law” and it is this same law that judged Satan and the fallen angels of covetousness and disobedience resulting in their extrication from the Kingdom and the creation of Time, matter, this Universe, as a repository to deal with their rebellion and sin partially constrained by physics. It is that same law that judged the Adamic and Noahic generations of defilement of such magnitude that all of human kind was destroyed by water save eight. It is that same moral law of conscience that provided a foundation for the “Code of Hammurabi” and the “Law Covenant” between Yahweh and Israel’s children. That same law of conscience continues to act a bulwark against unrestrained narcissism that would inevitably culminate in extinction of the human species and that same law will be used by Messiah Jesus at the “Judgement of the Condemned” for adjudication prior to the “second death” in Hell (Revelation 20:11-15).
Walking by the Spirit,
When one is “born again” by faith in Jesus and receives the Holy Spirit as the Guarantor and Seal of covenant relationship with the Father (Ephesians 1:13-14) the Holy Spirit begins a good work within them through their conscience. The believer intuitively knows this as the Spirit clearly testifies of His presence within them (Romans 8:16) and the Spirit’s guidance, His Law, is infinitely superior to the Law Covenant or the Decalogue as the Spirit is ever-present in the life of the believer working through the “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17); also, the Holy Spirit methodically intercedes, addresses, responds, to every moral decision that is made by the believer every single day…it is this methodical guidance during the daily process of sanctification that prepares the believer for service in the New Jerusalem as the Spirit incrementally changes the believer into the obedient image of Jesus giving them a will and a desire to please the Father in ALL THINGS. It is the believer who “walks by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16) that performs those works of righteousness that the Father finds pleasing and it is these works of righteousness performed through the Spirit that will receive rewards at the BEMA Judgment of Christ.
What enslavement to Law, the Law Covenant, could not do as it was weakened by the sinful nature of man through Adam, the Father has done through His Son and through His Spirit (Romans 8:1-2)…obedience and glory to the Father, forever, having prepared a people for His eschatological purposes by grace (unmerited favor) through faith-trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, as Messiah (John 3).