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FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
God has given us freedom through Jesus Christ. He has set us free from the bondage of sin and death. But we must be careful with our freedom and decide to turn around and be bond in chains again.
Along those lines, The Apostle Paul encourages us to develop spiritual fruit. He wants us to have a Christ-like character, This is what God wants us to be. So we use the Holy Spirit that we received when we accepted Jesus and were baptized to help produce in us desired results or fruit.
Tim Keller said, “The Spirit-fueled development of Christ-like character is liberating, because it brings us closer to being the people we were designed to be, the people our Spirit-renewed hearts want us to be.”
The Fruit of the Spirit is listed in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These qualities make up the Fruit. There are not nine different fruits—it is a nine-part Fruit. The Fruit is like an orange, and inside the orange, there are numerous slices. So, imagine that each slice of the orange is one of the aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit.
Let’s read Galatians 5:13-25 together.
The original Greek word for “Fruit” in Galatians 5 is karpos. Karpos (καρπός- kar-pos’) means deed, action, result, or profitable gain. It is the result of something. When we live by the Spirit the result is that he helps us to do things that are worthy of Christ… that brings a gain to his kingdom.
Jesus explained this in John 15 where he said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” Just like the branches of a grapevine have to be connected to the vine in order to bear grapes, the Fruit of the Spirit is evidence of being connected to Christ.
You might say that in Jesus we are spiritual-human hybrids and so we need to produce fruit that are more in line with this way of life. Before Jesus, we were just flesh and blood and so we produced the fruit of the flesh: sinful acts including sexual immorality, impurity, idolatry, hatred, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, and drunkenness. Galatians 5:17 says, “the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.” Bottom line: you can be led by the flesh, or you can be led by the Spirit of God, but you can’t be led by both—they are in constant conflict.
Probably the most beautiful part of the passage in verse 23 is that we are told there is “no law against them.” In Christ, we are free to exhibit the Fruit without any limits or restrictions. We can never show too much love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Now, that’s a goal to strive for!
I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm. God bless you and have a great night.