The Fruit of the Spirit
A. Text: Galatians 5:22-23
I. Fruit of the Spirit Listed
in Verse 22
1. This text follows the works of
the flesh and is a contrast to those ungodly things mankind participates
in. God shows us not to do the works of the flesh, but to produce
the fruit of the Spirit.
B. The terms:
2. Unlike the works of the flesh, these
things are what pleases God as we learn how to do these things from the
word of God.
1. Fruit [karpos Strong’s # 2590]:
which originates or comes from something, an effect, result, work, act,
deed” – Thayer.
C. The misconception of the need of a personal
indwelling to have the “Fruit of the Spirit”.
a. False brethren are identified
through their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).
2. Spirit [pneuma Strong’s # 4151]: “the
third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with
the Father and the Son; sometimes referred to in a way which emphasises
his personality and character (the Holy Spirit); sometimes referred to
in a way which emphasises his work and power (the Spirit of Truth); never
referred to as a depersonalised force” – Thayer.
b. Our fruits are also used to note our
repentance (Matthew 3:8).
a. The Holy Spirit gave us the word
of God (John 16:13, I Corinthians 2:9-13, and II Peter 1:20-21).
b. In this context and many others we can
realize that saying the fruit of the spirit is the same as saying the fruit
of the word of God: Ephesians 5:18-19 / Colossians 3:16.
1. Logic declares that one can love,
be happy, have peace, be longsuffering, be gentle, be good, have faith,
be meek and temperate without even being a Christian – example a child.
a. Advocates of the personal indwelling
argue that Acts 2:38 and Acts 5:32 shows that when one obeys the Gospel
of Christ the Holy Spirit indwells them, thus enabling them to produce
b. The Bible shows that men and women were
baptized and did not receive the gift of the Holy Spirit [gift cannot be
the giver] until they had the laying on of Apostles hands (Acts 8:12-20
and Acts 19:1-7).
• Notice that the gift of God is
what Simon thought he could purchase and how that gift was given – through
the laying on of hands. That gift was of the Spiritual Gifts listed in
I Corinthians 12:1-11 intended to confirm the word (Mark 16:20) for a period
of time (I Corinthians 13:8ff.)
A. Love [agape Strong’s # 26]:
love, affection, good will, love, benevolence” – Thayer.
II. Fruit of the Spirit Listed
in Verse 23
1. One way to show the world that
we are the disciples of the Lord is… John 13:34-35
B. Joy [chara Strong’s # 5479]: “joy, gladness”
a. Hebrews 13:1
2. We show our love for God by following His
will (II John v. 6).
b. In the same manner Christ loved us we
should love our brethren (I John 3:16).
c. We also show our love [phileo?] by helping
others that are wrong (Revelation 3:19).
3. Of all things that will outlast Spiritual
Gifts, love [agape] is the greatest (I Corinthians 13:13).
4. The love of the faithful extends not
only to those whom are good to them, but also to our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48).
5. If you do not love you are not of God
(I John 4:8-12).
1. We can be joyful in times of
persecution (Acts 20:24).
C. Peace [eirene Strong’s # 1515] “peace
between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord” – Thayer.
a. II Corinthians 7:4
2. Jesus was able to overcome the cross as He
looked forward to the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).
b. James 1:2
a. His example is what we ought
to follow (I Peter 2:21).
3. Our joy should come from the salvation we
know we have (Psalms 35:9).
a. We need to have joy in seeing
that others are saved (Acts 15:3).
1. Paul said: Philippians 4:7 “And
the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus.”
D. Longsuffering [makrothumia Strong’s # 3115]:
forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs”
a. In looking at peace, we find
that preaching Christ is bound to bring about division (Matthew 10:34-39)
– the sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).
2. We should be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).
b. It is the division of right and wrong
that is right, but the lack of peace [harmony] among brethren that is wrong
c. Light and darkness [righteousness and
sin] are naturally divided and opposed to each other (I John 1:5-7).
a. In trying to bring all people
together unto the one mind that is in Jesus through the Gospel (Ephesians
3. In making peace, we must separate ourselves
from those who cause division (Romans 16:17-18 and Ephesians 5:11), as
long as we are longsuffering with them first.
b. The Gospel call is for all (Matthew 28:19,
Mark 16:15-16, and Romans 1:16).
c. To be at peace with mankind, we first
must be at peace with God and then ourselves!
1. Ephesians 4:1-2 “I Therefore,
the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation
wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love.”
E. Gentleness [chrestotes Strong’s # 5544]:
kindness” – Thayer.
a. In demonstration for our love
one for another we need to be longsuffering with each other. That
is an attribute of God (II Peter 3:9).
2. Preaching must be done with longsuffering
(II Timothy 4:2).
b. Apollos found two saints who were willing
to be longsuffering with him. They heard his error but, did not jump
up and mark him (Acts 18:24-28).
c. Do we expect God to be patient with us
but, we cannot do that for our brethren (Matthew 18:21-35)?
1. We to put on kindness as the
elect of God (Colossians 3:12-13).
F. Goodness [agathosune Strong’s # 19]: “uprightness
of heart and life, goodness, kindness” – Thayer.
2. Kindness is the attribute of God that
brought salvation to us (Titus 3:4).
1. Wouldn’t it be great if we could
know that Paul would write to our congregation what he did in the letter
known as Romans (Romans 15:14).
G. Faith [pistis Strong’s # 4102]: “fidelity,
faithfulness; the character of one who can be relied on” – Thayer.
2. Whether we bring good or bad things is
based upon our hearts (Matthew 12:35).
1. Our faith is based upon the word
of God (Romans 10:17).
2. The end of our faith [faithfulness] is
the salvation of our souls (I Peter 1:9).
3. Our faith is shown through our works,
and without works our faith is dead (James 2:17-26).
A. Meekness [praotes Strong’s #
4236]: “gentleness, mildness, meekness” – Thayer.
III. …Against Such There is
1. The meek will inherit the earth
B. Temperance [egkrateia Strong’s # 1466]: “self-control
(the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his
sensual appetites)” – Thayer.
2. Notice how we are to approach our brethren
who have been overtaken in a fault (Galatians 6:1-2).
a. II Timothy 2:24-26
1. Paul shows us the need of controlling
ourselves if we plan to preach the Gospel (I Corinthians 9:27).
2. Look at what self-control can do: Proverbs
3. We are to resist the devil (James 4:7)
and resistance implies self-control.
A. The law of Christ encourages
us to grow in knowledge and add these things to our knowledge (II Peter
B. All of the fruits of the Spirit are things
in which follow the noted “Golden Rule” (Matthew 7:12).
1. Neither the Law of the Lord or
the Law of the Land prohibit us from doing these things as all mankind
A. The fruit of the Spirit is in
all goodness… Ephesians 5:8-10
B. We must be willing to bear fruit in our
obedience to the Lord (John 15:1-8).
C. Galatians 5:24-26
1. Have you crucified the flesh
with the affections and lust (Romans 6:3-6, II Corinthians 5:17, and Galatians
2. Are you walking according to the light
of the glorious Gospel of Christ (II Corinthians 4:4), thus walking in
3. Do you need to take root downward and
bear fruit upwards (II Kings 19:30)?
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