After a look back at the end of Chapter Four in which Fr Robbie usefully summarises the ways in which to interpret Scripture with the mind of the Church, he moves on to examine St Paul’s exhortation to live by the Spirit of God, rather than according to our sinful human nature, the fruits of the Spirit being, as listed in this well-known passage – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.
‘I am astonished at the promptness with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to follow a different version of the Good News. not that there can be more than one Good News; it is merely that some troublemakers among you want to change the Good News of Christ; and let me warn you that if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from that which we have already preached to you, whether it be ourselves or an angel from heaven, he is to be condemned’. Galatians 1: 6-8. Fr Robbie looks more deeply at this well-known passage the theme of which forms the basis of the first chapters of this Epistle.