English: In the Letter of Paul to the Galatian churches the concepts “freedom,” “love,” “Spirit”
and “flesh” are important: the semantic dimension of the letter and the theology
of the letter strongly depend on these key concepts. Simultaneously, there is a
complex relation and interaction between the four concepts. Hence an analysis of
the above terms in Galatians 5:13 can contribute to the understanding of the letter.
To achieve such understanding, the textual context and the structure of the text are
discussed in order to establish a summarising exegesis of 5:1-24, with the focus
on an analysis of these terms. This summarising exegesis then forms the basis for
a reflection on the relation between “freedom,” “love,” “Spirit” and “flesh” in 5:13.