In Galatians 5:19-21, Paul lists behaviors which keep humans from inheriting the Kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21 | NIV

[19] The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; [20] idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, **selfish ambition**, dissensions, factions [21] and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that **those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.**

Presuming "selfish ambition" in Galatians 5:20 Does not include : telling people to become like yourself (Galatians 4:12) - like Paul does,

What does "selfish ambition" mean in Galatians 5:20?


What does "selfish ambition" mean in Galatians 5:20?

It means an ambition not from God. Peter did that in Matthew 16:

21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Out of his concern for Jesus, Peter said what he said here. Jesus labeled that as from Satan. Satan put this selfish thought of Peter in Peter's head.

Jesus continues:

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

We are to deny our selfish ambitions which are inspired by Satan.

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