Throughout Paul’s writings he instructs us how to live our life as God desires… to walk in the spirit : to live in the spirit : to pray in the spirit – and we are told that when we walk in spirit and truth we will bear the fruit of the Spirit.
Prayer of Habakkuk
Let us become like Habakkuk, an “Embracer of Burdens” – for right in the very middle of the most testing time when it seemed totally lost – in faith, Habakkuk sang his amazing sacrifice of praise: although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls..
Fruit of the Kingdom
The Church is the nation bringing forth the fruit of the kingdom – through Christ, and the Word of God describes in detail the gospel of this coming glory of Christ – a kingdom when the perfect Man..
Kingdom of Men
Christ must secure the heavenly kingdom before setting up His earthly rule, and so the heavenly rule was taken from Israel: therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
Christ would have set up His kingdom had Israel repented – but they would not. Israel failed to bring forth the fruit – and the kingdom of heaven was taken away. That part of the kingdom was given to the Church, a people bringing forth the fruit, for before Israel’s earthly inheritance is realised the heavens must be subdued – so that earth and heaven will BOTH be under Christ’s supreme authority.
Godliness and humility, obedience, love and trust in God are supremely intertwined. Morality or ethical virtue are not necessarily godly – if carried out in the flesh. Godliness keeps Christ central and results in the fruit of wisdom, peace, and purity. Christ, our example kept God central..
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is there whom a father does not chasten” But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
from fruit to more fruit to much fruit, until purity of heart and godly righteousness become the inner clothing of your heart – and the outward garment of your being. And still the fires of affliction and the furnace of adversity are heated.
so that you may bring forth fruit, more fruit, much fruit.
Jesus told us in John 15, be fruitful and multiply. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away. Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.
Death or Life
But self-righteousness comes from the LAW and is a ministration of DEATH. Christ’s righteousness comes from GRACE and is the ministration of LIFE. Condemnation is the fruit of unbelief in Christ Jesus – resulting in eternal separation. Eternal life is the gift of God to all who believe – and grace upon grace is our portion. Although Christ died for the sin of the whole world, not every member of the human race partakes of the amazing grace of God..
The mighty deeds' may mean the greater works,' but death-fellowship means much fruit.' You might toil all your life, and only do so much, even with the wonderful deeds; but if you are willing to die with Him there will be effortless multiplication.
There is no limit to the fruit that comes out of death.
A life with Christ as central is a life that abides in Him; rests in Him – trusts Him. The fruit of a life that looks to Christ in all things – is one that walks as He walked.. and Christ walked in spirit and truth by obediently listening to the Father’s voice – Christ lived a life in submission to the Holy Spirit – He lived a spiritual life.
It is the most blessed and most wonderful thing to be able to recognize that there is a growing revelation of Jesus Christ within; you see more and more of what He means from God’s standpoint, and as that is so, there comes this increase of the Lord Jesus... the fruit of the Spirit – love.
An increase of the revelation of Jesus Christ in the heart is an increase of the love of the Lord Jesus, the fruit of the Spirit.
The answer comes through the Holy Spirit’s experiential revelation: except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and, die it abides alone, but if it die, it brings forth much fruit – and therein is the Father glorified.
The church is a vessel that is used by God for His deeper, wider and eternal purposes. The church is a channel thru whom God currently works – to achieve His will. The church is a living body that is in functional relationship with Jesus – her Head. The church is being used to reproduce – to bear fruit and to yield up its increase.
The risen life of Christ is to be the inner experience of all that are born from above. The resurrected life of Jesus is to be the vital expression of the Christian’s new life. Because Christ rose from the dead His risen life is imparted to all who trust in Him – the fruit of Christ’s death and resurrection is manifested in the life of all believers.
terrified creatures. The eyes of both were opened, but what a ghastly sight they discovered, for they found they were naked: wretched; miserable; poor; blind and naked. Yes, they knew they were naked – sad fruit of the tree of knowledge.
Since His substitutionary death, sin is not the real barrier between man and God: but what think ye of Christ – for whoever believes in Him is not condemned.
Heaven is open to all who believe that Christ paid the full price for their sins. Salvation is the gift of God to all that believe in the name of His only begotten Son. Forgiveness is the precious fruit on the tree of life to all that accept His forgiveness.
Cascade of Creation
And then a wonderful cascade of creation began to flood into being, over 6 days, The firmament was made : waters divided : sea was formed : dry land appeared. Vegetation overflowed : herbs and trees : fruit and seed and all manner of food. A beautiful, colorful, glorious picture was being painted by the Master.. sculptured, by the Master-Craftsman.
He lives in and through me – as I learn to submit to the indwelling Spirit of God – and as He lives in and through me I assimilate a deep, lasting, confident assurance. As I submit to Him – the Spirit is enabled to produce lasting and abiding fruit.. fruit of His righteousness in me – fruit of His Spirit through me. Let us seek to appropriate that blessed assurance, this unfaltering trust in God. He is our own dear heavenly Father, and He truly becomes our Assurance..
Embracer of Burdens
Let us embrace in the Spirit, the burden of our Lord for His despairing people, and become like Habakkuk, an “Embracer of Burdens” For you see, right in the very middle of the most testing time when all seemed totally lost, in faith, Habakkuk sang his amazing sacrifice of praise: although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines – the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat.
Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous – nevertheless afterwards it revealeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness- unto them which are exercised thereby. God’s ways and God’s thoughts and God’s plans are not like ours.
Now for the time being no discipline [child-training] seems to be pleasant; it is painful; later on, however, to those who are trained by it, it yields the fruit of peace which grows from upright character (Heb. 12:11, Wms.).
How shall we face the Owner of the Vineyard, if we have neglected our own lives; if we have not entered into that which God has shown us; if we must say, when He asks us about the lack of fruit and the neglect which is so sadly evident: Lord, I was so busy tending Thy Vineyard, that my own vineyard I have not kept' (S.S. 1:6). -C.H.MacI.
Very little abiding growth and fruit can be known by the believer until he accepts the fact of identification (Rom. 6:6), and to it responds by an attitude of faith (Rom. 6:11), thus yielding himself to the Holy Spirit for the life of the Lord Jesus to be manifested in and through him (Rom. 6:13). -G.W.
But deeper revelation of this heavenly realm is given to us through Paul.. a heavenly kingdom rejected by Israel at the first advent of Christ.. a heavenly rule that was taken from Israel and given to another nation – a nation that would bring forth the fruit thereof….
prepared by the Spirit to bring forth the fruit He requires; saved Jews and Gentiles, participating in a spiritual battle and heavenly war.. a bride for Christ, prepared as co-regent with Him in His heavenly kingdom – the one new man in Christ – the Church.
A person whose ancestors for three or four generations have all been Christians, may inherit their virtues; but although affecting his life for good, they do not count before God as righteousness, for they are not the fruit of the directly imparted divine life.
Faith is the spiritual fruit of patient endurance: as seeing Him who is invisible. Love is the root that bears all things, believes all things, hopes and endures all things. The former enables the patient tenacity of trusting faith in Christ Jesus. The latter excites the diligent works of a growing love for the Jesus Christ, and they intertwine as His banner of love, over those that trust in His name.
As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.John 15:4
Only as we obey Christ’s command to abide in Me, do we bear fruit to God’s glory.
Obedience, righteousness and maturing in the faith are inextricably linked together, and fruit, more fruit – much fruit is the joyful product of abiding obedience.. of abiding in Christ – of abiding in love.
9 – Spirit of Fruitfulness
9.We have the Spirit of fruitfulness in all goodness, righteousness and truth:- for the fruit of the Spirit consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth.Ephesians 5:9
There is no way of deliverance from the law and its bondage, into that liberty for which Christ set us free except to believe, and to keep reckoning, that we died to the law with Him, and are now risen, and joined to Another, the Risen One - even as Romans 7:4 asserts: Ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to another, even Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God.' -W.R.N.
Word of Truth
In John chapter 15 the Lord Jesus tells us to: abide in Me, and I in you. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Just gaze on, Jesus the true Vine and divine Sustainer, Who pleads:-abide in Me, Rejoice in the Father, the heavenly Husbandman – the surety for our growth and fruiting, Who removes those unfruitful areas in each precious life…to bring forth fruit, more fruit, much fruit.
Good fruit will only be forthcoming from a good seed – and Christ is the First-Fruit. Fruit that is brought forth from Christ will produce more fruit and much good fruit, and herein in My Father glorified – that ye bear MUCH FRUIT.
This is the one that is so blessed and has further blessings to come. Blessings that are not of this world but eternal gifts from God. This man “brings forth his fruit in his season” Psalm 1:3 Only the one that remains by the rivers of supply will be satisfied.
Only the one that abides in Christ, the true vine will bring forth fruit..
more fruit… much fruit -to the glory of the Father.
Prolific fruit, high-yielding fruit – abundant fruit in its own season.
This is the man that brings for the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit : Love in times of Hostility : Joy in times of Pain :Peace in times of Trouble : Long-suffering in times of Frustration : Gentleness in times of Oppression : Goodness in times of Evil : Faith in times of Testing : Meekness in times of Irritations : Temperance in times of Temptation.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,That brings forth fruit in its season,Whose leaf also shall not wither;And whatever he does shall prosper.
And in the matter of service, in witnessing and helping others, we must watch and wait for the hungry, needy heart – if there is to be abiding fruit. The true value of anything is known only when it is wanted.
Pleasure of Sin
The pleasure of sin maybe sweet for a moment but its bitter taste is never-ending. The seeds of evil are vanity and the buds of iniquity bear the bitter fruit of sin, for the wages of sin is death….
Nature of God Love
The disposition of God Himself is to be the guide of our actions and attitudes. The nature of God is to be the indicator of our moods and motives. The character of God is to be the pattern of our words and wisdom. The fruit of God’s Spirit are to mellow into gentleness, goodness and grace. If our path leads us into disagreement..
He will produce in us the fruit of His Spirit, and as we daily submit to His leading and correction – we will reflect His love.
There may be a measure of truth in this kind of reasoning; for, if there be life in my soul, fruit will be apparent; but this is not to give me peace any more than the evil that is in me is to hinder my having peace. -J.N.D.
Some people add works of the flesh, works of the Law – self-imposed rules or Church regulations and a variety of ‘add-ons’ to the basic gospel of salvation by grace – thru faith in Christ Jesus , while others insist on actions relating to eating or drinking – places of worship or times and seasons – spiritual fruit or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Every waking moment and as I drifted to sleep I pondered in these words: Christ in me and I in Him; abide in Me and I in you; as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine – neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
No one's walk is perfect, but the Spirit of Christ who dwells in us is perfect, and as the believer yields to the Father as one alive from the dead, the desires of the flesh are not fulfilled, and the Spirit brings forth His fruit in him. -H.F.W.
The point where man tried to raise himself to the pinnacle of moral existence, was the point man lost the very ground of elevation given to them by God – their innocence.
The eyes of both were indeed opened – but what a ghastly sight they discovered, for they found they were: wretched and miserable – poor and blind and naked. Yes, they knew they were naked – sad fruit of the tree of knowledge.
The walk of the believer should ever be the natural result of realized privilege, and not the constrained result of legal vows and resolutions - the proper fruit of a position known and enjoyed by faith, and not the result of one's own efforts to reach a position by works of law.' All true believers are a part of the Bride of Christ; hence, they owe Him those affections which become that relation.
Warning in Hebrews
One that seeks after vainglory and vanity – becomes vain and prideful. One that lusts after power and prominence – becomes intoxicated with its fruit. One that seeks a ‘god’ of their fancy – will be unsettled by every wind of doctrine. One who seeks the living God, will have Him take possession of his heart and will, and the book of Hebrews gives warning after warning of missing the point of this life.
just like the ox. It was to be a time when the people of Israel would build houses and inhabit them – a time when they plant vineyards and eat of the fruit and enjoy the work of their hand. It was to be a time of safety when spears would be fashioned into pruning hooks and nation shall not lift up sword against nation – neither shall they learn war any more. It was to be a time of abundance when the wilderness would become a fruitful field… the desert was to blossom as a rose – the crooked places were to be made straight.
John was Israel’s last prophet who was to call the nation of Israel to repentance as the time to set up the kingdom of God had finally arrived – their Messiah had come… but the nation of Israel rejected their Messiah and crucified their King and so the kingdom of God had to be delayed for a time – during the church age, and given to a people who would produce its fruit – and so Israel was set aside – for a time…
Though the fig tree shall not blossom,neither shall fruit be on the vines,the labor of the olive shall fail,and the fields shall yield no meat..the flock shall be cut off from the fold,and there shall be no herd in the stalls….
– and sometimes we try to assist the heavenly Husbandman – to our own detriment. But those that seek to develop by self-effort are the ones that will inevitably fail. We are simply to submit to God’s correction – rest in His love and focus upon Him – and those who do will bring forth twenty, fifty and a hundred percent fruit.
and out of the nations was called a people for Christ’s name to bear much fruit. His blood has bought men from every tribe, language, people and nation, for you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. 1Peter 2:9. Great is the mystery of godliness Praise the Lord – for He wills that all are saved and come to faith in Jesus.
So Paul says: ...becoming conformed unto His death, which means: to have the ground of death continually and progressively removed; and that, again, as we have said, is the fruit of living union with Him.
that His Church might become the wife of the Lamb. He relinquished all His heavenly glory, so that she may sit with Him on His throne. He ate the bitter fruit of sin and death for her – for you and me!
Christ did all this so that His Body might eat of the sweet fruit of the Tree of Life. Christ desires to be with His Church, and the prayer He prays to the Father about us, passes all understanding:- In John 17 we read this: All I have is Yours, and all You have is Mine, and glory has come to Me, through them. This love is so amazing, so divine, it demands our soul, our heart, our life, our all.
We are to remain in Him; covered by Him; living on Him; connected to Him – corrected by Him.We are to think like Him; to love as He loved; to bear fruit through Him – for apart from Him we are nothing and that is zero!
Thinking like Him; loving as He loved and bearing fruit through Him.
In the Cross of the Lord Jesus God has said finally: 'You in your natural state cannot serve Me, and cannot bear any fruit to My glory!
It is possible to go out and work, labor, and die of the strain of trying to serve God and yet it still remains true that you cannot, out from yourself, by any natural resource, bear fruit unto Me.' The only thing that can ever get through to God's end, and that can be Life – eternal, Divine, heavenly Life – is that which proceeds from the Holy Spirit.
Seven 7-fold Work
There is a sevenfold work of the Spirit of God at our salvation, which can be resisted:- 1) He convicts us of our need of a Saviour (John 16:8-9) 2) He regenerates the forgiven sinner, giving a new life (Titus 3:5) 3) He baptises the new believer into the body of Christ (1Cor.12:13) 4) He indwells the new believer permanently and forever (1Cor.3:16 1Cor.6:19) 5) He anoints the new believer (2Cor.1:21 1John 2:20-21) 6) He earnests a first-fruit pledge of full fruit (Eph.1:14 Rom.8:23) and 7) He witnesses with an assurance of son-ship (Rom.8:16).
As constant communion with the Vine gives fruit – more fruit and much fruit..
so too can the believer only bear fruit when in constant communion with Him.
And remember and by much fruit is the Father glorified.
Their new discovery, or light, or guidance, as they speak of it, by reason of the let-up of some tension, solution to some problem, promise of release into self-realization, and escape from pressure, when the novelty and glamor have worn off is found to have been deceitful waters, producing Jericho's fruit which fall before they are ripe....
The work of God in the lives of His people is designed to make them partakers of His holiness.' He undertakes their training in His school with the intention that, however difficult in practice the course may be, it will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness' in the lives of those who undergo it.
The bud, the blossom, or fruit, most fragrant of Christ, is the one which nobody knows what it cost me but Himself; and where one had hardly noticed it; like the beautiful wild flowers in the hedgerow, contending with bushes and briars, to shed their fragrance on the unthankful or unthinking traveller going by.
Men may be saved through hearing the Word of God that it contains but, unless they get purer light later, their dependence for life and service will be primarily upon human strength, and not upon the power and demonstration of the Spirit.' Paul (in spite of the Corinthians' demand for it) refused to permit any human wisdom to enter into his ministry for that reason - because he wanted purely spiritual fruit: converts who have seen the power of the Spirit and expect to know it in their lives and service.
No; but that ye bear much fruit.' Leave the birth of the souls to the Father, and if you are fruitful He will do it through you. -A.M.
Fruit of Suffering
The fruit of suffering and training is the drawing closer and nearer to Christ. The outworking of sufferings are the benefits this closeness to Him gives to others. The learning and knowledge of Christ in a life, is through the school of suffering. The exercise and outworking of Christ in a life, is enhanced and refined through trials. Paul reckons we should embrace trials: for the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory, which shall be revealed in us.
Benefit of Suffering
As parents and grandparents we know, only too well, the end result of a child that is not disciplined and trained in the admonition of the Lord.. How much more does God know! How much more does God know the benefits that we derive from HIS training? God knows the end from the beginning. He knows even the pain we must endure – will produce for us eternal fruit.
Our schooling here on this little plot in this world is to derive universal benefit. Suffering now – produces fruit of righteousness for later. Kicking against the pricks now – will invalidate your present life-service.
Fruit of Wisdom
James tells us that, the wisdom that is from above is first pure; then peaceable; then gentle; then willing to yield; then full of mercy and good fruit – without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Witness to Jews
The Baptist’s message in Matthew was one of judgement that called for penitence. He is calling for all Israel to repent of their sins – to turn to God and His Messiah. The lost sheep of Israel were to bring forth the fruit – which called for repentance.
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
The latter is not easily learned; the former is the fruit of light; the latter is never acquired but as there is practical grace and love - the activity of the Lord Jesus' nature in me by the Spirit. -J.B.S.
and Israel was the one whom Isaiah described as 'the choicest vine.' Israel was chosen by God to be a fruitful vine, and they were expected to bring forth good fruit for His glory..
tending to the true Vine, in order to bring forth the fruit of righteousness through Him.
Indeed the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control..
against which there is no law - fruit which is only produced in us as we abide in Christ and He in us.
and our mission is to do His work on earth and bring forth the fruit of righteousness.
And as branches on the true Vine we are likewise one with Christ, and are reminded many times that producing the fruit of righteousness it is not through our own efforts but only we remain in HIM and as His Word abide in us.
Not only will we produce fruit of righteousness but abiding is closely linked with the prayer of the righteous man..
and He enables us to produce good fruit to the glory of God.
doing the will of the Father and bearing much fruit to His glory..
He would come as the Living Water, the Bread of Life and the First-fruit from the Dead. He would come as King of the Jews and Saviour of the world - but He came into the world which was made through Him, but the world did not know Him.
This confident, future hope of the glory of God is the eternal fruit of today’s patient endurance in our present sufferings – and so let us rejoice in our suffering KNOWING the glory that will be revealed.
The simple lesson, of these scattered seeds, demonstrates the importance of having a teachable spirit, so that believers may bring forth much fruit, to the glory of God.
Jesus was the single Seed, Whose death brought forth abundant fruit. Indeed, it is also used to illustrate the fruitfulness of a single Christian life, who is prepared to die to self and the old sin-nature, and live for Christ, to His honour and glory.
The Lord Jesus is the perfect picture of a single grain of wheat, which can only become fruitful under certain circumstances - for unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Jesus had only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, but this was the point in His ministry when He would start to turn His attention toward the nation that would bring forth the fruit of righteousness.
It points out that one’s labour is in vain, without God’s providence, and that work which is undertaken independently will be fruitless, while those who honour the Lord in their undertakings will prosper.The second part of the psalm proclaims that children are a gift of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is a reward.
The One Who fashioned furniture in the humble carpenter's shop was the eternally existent One, Who flung stars into space - and Who formed, fashioned and filled the empty void with a carpet of living plants, fruit, flowers and trees - and then God made man in His own image.
Ruth, the grandmother of David, was known as a virtuous woman in Bethlehem, and the good seed in the parable of the sower, is identified as one… who having heard the Word of God, holds fast to it in a just, noble and virtuous manner – having a worthy heart that brings forth much fruit, to the glory of God.
Prayer is the fruit of a humble and helpless heart, that comes before the Lord in loving trust.It is the means of two-way fellowship between the Lord of heaven and earth, and His helpless child, and it is a most precious tool that God has given to each of His children.
And although the gifts and calling are without repentance and the lost sheep of the house of Israel will one day be settled in the earthly Jerusalem, enjoying the fruit of the land, His heavenly flock will reside in the heavenly kingdom, eating of the fruit of the tree of life.
All believers from Adam onwards are saved by grace through faith in God's Word and all believers in this Church dispensation are considered to be a kind of first-fruit in God's eyes.
The literal meaning of first-fruit is the first portion of the harvest that is given freely to the Lord, and we are to be cheerful givers unto the Lord.
Here in James we discover that the spiritual meaning of first-fruit is to give Christ first place in our lives.
which is connected with the resurrection of the dead, whereby all who have believed by grace through faith are considered to be the 'first-fruit,' for we all belong to the Lord and will all one day be resurrected from the dead - but as Scripture states, this will happen to each person in the proper order.
Christ was the first of the 'first-fruit' from the dead.
This means that Christ was the first man to ever rise from the dead with an immortal body and all who trust in Him for salvation will also be a kind of first-fruit from the dead..
Christ was the first-fruit from the dead and those that came out of their grave on that same resurrection morning are also called 'first-fruit 'from the dead.
Indeed Scripture tells us that the 'first-fruit from the dead' will be raised in a particular order, as laid out in Scripture.
We who are the Body of Christ are God's 'first-fruit' for we have trusted the Lord..
and at the resurrection and rapture we will be the next 'first-fruit' from the dead - for we will all be changed into immortal beings in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye..
And at the end of the tribulation the old testament saints will also rise from the dead, and they too will be God's 'first-fruit'.
so that we would be a kind of 'first fruit' among His creatures.
is that we bring forth much fruit to His praise and glory and that we experience His joy in our lives.
Abiding in Christ and sharing in His suffering produces much good fruit - and is the means to lift us high above the storms of life.
That I may know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering is the heart cry of all who desire to produce much fruit to the glory of God.
The one who can take up their cross daily; renounce the things of this world and leave the old self nailed to the cross; is the one that understands what it means to abide in Christ; to fellowship in His suffering; to bring forth much fruit to the glory of God and to experience abundant life and fullness of joy.
Each plant and shrub and tree and flower was given the inner seed of life to reproduce after its own kind, in preparation for that day when God would give every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth, and every tree that has fruit with seed in it - as food for mankind.
The life of a Christian should be much more concerned with the development of personal character, growing in grace, maturing in the faith and the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit, than the ministry activities in which we are engaged, however valuable they may seem to us or to others.
We will be re-clothed with a new, incorruptible body at the rapture of the church, when resurrection of the saints, just as Christ was clothed when He rose from the dead, as became the first-fruit of God's new creation in Christ.
If we permit the old sin nature to mount the throne of our life, we dishonour the Lord and will reap the bitter fruit of sinfulness, but if we keep the Old Man nailed to the cross and live for Christ alone..
we will reap the everlasting fruit of righteousness, for he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life.
It is the fruit of our lips and the yielding of our inner being..
Christ died once for all on the cross - therefore let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, which streams forth from a grateful heart that has been washed clean by the redeeming blood of Christ and is shown forth through the fruit of our lips..
Godly love begins to be evidenced in the life of a believer, as the fruit of the Spirit are allowed to grow - but it is often through painful experiences and a willing obedience to abide in God's word, that this exquisite characteristic is is enabled to flourish..
As soon as an angry, jealous, vindictive, vengeful thought is conceived in the mind, it should be taken captive and given to Christ, so that it is not allowed to produce the fruit of unrighteousness, while righteous anger should not be permitted to develop into some sort of self-righteous attitude, which also gives the enemy a foothold in our life.
Treating others, the way we would want to be treated, is a divine characteristic, that is foreign to the unbeliever and dormant in the carnal Christian - but it blossoms and buds into the beautiful fruit of the Spirit, in the life of a believer, that is abiding in Christ - and He in us.
But God planted a second Vine; a true Vine – a Vine that will bear fruit, more fruit – much fruit.
But as we abide in Christ and remain in Him, (and He in us) - He will do His good work through us, so that we will produce the spiritual fruit that only flows from Him.
Remember, our life is hid with Christ - and it is only as His new-life quietly working unseen within our hearts, that will bring forth fruit, that glorifies the Father.
As a natural vine-branch should bear sweet grapes so we who are spiritual vine-branches should bear forth the spiritual fruit that comes from our new-life in Christ - our true Vine : love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
He did it on our account freely and without cost – so that He could carry out His good work in us and produce in us the fruit of righteousness.
Another blessing from above is the immediate and permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Who throughout our life develops in us the precious fruit of His righteousness.
As we yield our hearts and lives into His leading and guiding, so the righteous fruit of His Holy Spirit will begin to be fashioned and formed in our life.
As we abide in Christ and He in us, it will begin to bud and blossom and bring forth the fruit of His righteousness, which gives great glory to the Lord – so that out from our inner being will flow rivers of His righteous blessings – through us, to others, with whom we come in contact.
The fruit of righteousness is manifest in many different ways, but it can never be brought forth in our own strength or by our own self-efforts and fleshly works.
The fruit of righteousness is not a patched-work of religious activities and prideful practices but evidenced by the one who walks humbly before the Lord, and whose heart aches to see lost souls, won for Christ.
The fruit of righteousness is shown forth through the praises of our lips and the beautiful fruit of the Spirit, which is rooted and grounded in godly love.
May we be filled with the fruit of righteousness that only comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory of God and to the praise of His holy name.
Eve did nothing sinful by looking at the tree with its delicious fruit hanging on its branches.
The garden of Eden contained numerous trees, dripping with tasty fruit for both her and her husband to eat, but the cunning enemy came and cast doubt on the veracity of God's word and the goodness of His character, by asking a loaded and suggestive question, Did God really say, 'You can't eat from ANY tree in the garden'?
She gave in to temptation and fell into sin. She was not only deceived when Satan contradicted God's established Word, but she also disobeyed God's command and ate of the fruit.
She chose to discount God's Word, ignore the consequences of her sin and took the fruit and ate, and she gave to her husband with her ... and he ate.
Her first, foolish step on the slippery slope to sin was lingering near the forbidden fruit where she could easily be tempted.
Eve took the fruit and ate of it, and she gave it to her husband, who was with her ... and Adam ate. Adam was with his wife.
The fig tree is easily identified as Israel who was planted in their land by God - the vineyard owner. Jesus is characterised as the vine-dresser who sought in vain for fruit, during the three years of His earthly ministry, but found none.
Although God ordered Him to cut down the unproductive tree, Jesus interceded on Israel's behalf, and one more year was granted for Him to try to get the tree to bear fruit - to get the nation to bring forth the fruit of righteousness.
They boasted of their strict religiosity and their works-based piety, which was an abomination in the sight of the Lord - yet failed to produce the fruit of righteousness He demanded - they refused to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly before God.
Paul is talking about the ROOT of justification which is justification by faith, while James is talking about the FRUIT of justification, which is by works.
Only God can see the heart, so only God can see the root of salvation (faith) but when a Christian is walking in spirit and truth they will produce the fruit of salvation (good works which God has prepared for us to do).
But both the root and the fruit of salvation are only manifested in a man or woman that is a born again believer..
Only the fruit of saving faith can be demonstrated through the good deeds that are carried out to the glory of God by the spiritual Christian who is walking is spirit and truth - and we are encouraged to walk day by day in spirit and truth, so that we will produce fruit, much fruit and more fruit to the glory of God.
He knows that unless our Christian life produces the fruit of the Spirit - long-suffering, patience, love and joy, as well as humility, goodness, kindness and self-control, it will profit us nothing and will not glorify our Father, Who is in heaven.
Paul prays that we will be filled with the Spirit and produce the fruit of the Spirit so that our service may be fortified by the power of the Spirit - producing within us patient endurance and joy in the Lord.
Indeed it is only through the might of His power that the beautiful fruit of the Spirit can be produced in the life of a believer - for His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
But God in His wisdom knows patient-endurance, humility of heart and a man that trusts in the Lord is not the fruit of a stress-free life, but a man or woman who has received God’s sufficient grace, to face any temptation or trial, which may happen along the way.
The wealth of spiritual gifts given to this body of believers, sharply contrasted an absence of spiritual fruit, for godly love was missing from their church community and the lives of individual believers.
Let us behave in a seemly manner that glorifies the Lord and selflessly esteem others as better than ourselves... Let us seek to grow in grace and produce the spiritual fruit of righteousness and love - and let us take every thought captive..
It is not only the presence of a pure heart and gracious speech, from which flow the fruit of the Spirit that is so attractive, but the absence of an ugly, bitter soul that spews forth hypocrisy, malicious words and all that accompanies a proud heart and a selfish, self-righteous soul.
It is a spiritual fruit that is expressed in the life of a spiritual Christian.
although they may be well able to exhibit, human affection through parental love, sexual love, inter-relational love or cultural love - it can never correspond with divine love, which is a spiritual fruit from the Spirit of God - that is manifested in a child of God.
The gifts of the holy Spirit are truly wonderful, and we should all desire the gifts of the Spirit - but the fruit of the Spirit is so much more to be earnestly pursued.
The gifts of the Spirit are just for the present, but the fruit of the Spirit will remain throughout all eternity.
The gifts of the Spirit will one day be done away with – but the fruit of the Spirit will continue forever – the temporal gifts of the Spirit are for the current age, but the fruit of the everlasting Spirit will abide through the eternal ages to come – the gifts of prophecy, tongues, knowledge and all the many ministerial gifts with which the Holy Spirit graciously endows each one of His children according to His choosing – will one day will vanish away, forever.
As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is the difference between the fruit of the Sprit with His gifts, for the fruit of the Spirit is Love - pure, holy, unconditional, everlasting, godly Love.
The fruit of the Spirit is personified in the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
The fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, which fragments into joy and peace, patient-endurance and kindness; goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – and these will last forever and ever and into the eternal ages to come… for LOVE NEVER FAILS
Contentment is one of the unnamed cousins of the fruit of the Spirit for it has conquered the evil lust of covetousness in some of its many guises, like the lusts of the world, the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life.
However, all branches are commanded to abide in Him, and so our privileged position becomes an important day-by-day responsibility, and we are warned that every branch in Christ that does not bear fruit is taken away, but every fruiting branch is pruned by our heavenly Father, to make it increasingly fruitful.
Still others contend that it refers to the unfruitful carnal believer, who backslides in his Christian walk and does not manifest the beautiful fruit of the Spirit, which is rooted in lovem while other point the sombre fact of the discipline of physical death, of which Paul speaks in 1 Corinthians 11.
Let us acknowledge the privileged position we have in Christ and make it our important day-by-day responsibility and delight to abide in Christ, to walk in spirit and truth, to submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives and to willingly embrace the pruning knife of our heavenly Father - so that we may bear fruit, more fruit - much fruit, to His praise and glory.
One is the infiltration of false teachers whose outward appearance is that of a gentle lamb but inwardly are ravening wolves seeking to shed blood, destroy souls, and accumulate dishonest gain - and we are instructed to identify such teachers by their bitter fruit.
Humility of spirit, gentleness of disposition, love for each other and joy in the Lord are all the fruit of the Spirit, which burst forth in a life that is centred in Christ.
How blessed they were to have a covenant-keeping God Who is the Creator of the universe, for Israel were His chosen people They were a holy nation; God’s adopted son and His special inheritance.But this blessing is equally true today in this unique age of grace, when His arms remain wide open to Jew and Gentile alike to become the people of God, bringing forth the fruit that God requires.
The nation of Israel has been set aside for a season until they too are ready to bring forth the fruit of righteousness in the coming time of Jacob’s trouble - that future time of great tribulation.But truly blessed, without measure, is the man, the woman, the people – the nation whose God is the LORD.
There are certain characteristics and identifying marks of the believer, who is walking in spirit and truth – and a changed life that is exercising the gift of the Spirit and producing the fruit of holiness, is a testimony of the inner workings of the Holy Spirit of Christ – which is transferred into the outward actions of the individual life.
Christ is portrayed as the true Vine and believers are pictured as branches that are attached to the vine and through Him bring forth fruit.
The unseen life that feeds, nourishes and produces abundant fruit on each branch comes only from the roots and central stem of the growing vine, without which each weak, little branch would quickly wither into unfruitfulness.
The fruit that Christ produced are the many sons that He has brought to glory – the church which is His body.
And each member – each branch that remains in Him is enabled to bring forth fruit, more fruit, much fruit, simply by remaining in Christ and living their lives as He did – living and walking and praying in the spirit.
Day by day we are to remain in Him and He in us, for it is we to walk in spirit and truth, faith and love – we remain in Him until it is not I that live and walk and produce fruit, but Christ that lives in me.
He has promised that all who die in the Lord shall never die but have the light of life – a time when we shall ever be with the Lord.The first-fruit of a tree is the precursor that more fruit will follow.
He is the First-Fruit from the grave and His resurrection is a pledge and a guarantee that the rest of the harvest will certainly follow. Christ is risen from the dead, and He has become the First-Fruits of all who ‘sleep’, and because He lives – all those who are positioned IN Christ will also live.The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the complete assurance that all who have trusted on His name will be raised from the dead, with a new resurrected body that will be like His glorified body.
They forgot His promise to protect them from their enemies; send rains in its season; provide plenteous crops; cover the trees with fruit and grant peace in the land - IF they kept His sabbaths... IF they reverenced His Sanctuary. Because of their neglect they reaped scarcity; drought and hunger.
By faith we have been given all we need for life and godliness and yet do we honestly put God first and give Him the first-fruit of our heart.
They realised He was the Lamb of God, Who would take away the sin of the Lord, and the Lion of the kingly tribe of Judah. They would soon learn that He was the Rock of offence, the First-fruit of the dead.
They are two of the graces that the spiritual believer needs to be developing on their way to spiritual maturity - they are the two 'fruit-of-the-Spirit' that most completely exemplify the one that fears the Lord and walks in His ways.
A reverence for our almighty God and obedience to our Father's voice results in an abundance of spiritual fruit and a wealth of spiritual blessings - blessed indeed is the one who fears the Lord and assuredly blessed is the one who walks in His ways.
They are the budding, blossoming, unfolding and fruiting of the cherished 'fruit-of-the-Spirit' , which shine like so many jeweled stars in the crown of our heavenly King.
Here in this passage James uses the farmer who waits for many months or years for the precious produce of the soil to germinate and grow - to bud, blossom and bring forth its fruit, as an example of the patient endurance that should be evident in each of our lives - a patience that waits expectantly, joyfully and hopefully in this fallen world, until the return of the Lord for His Church.
The Corinthian Christians were a group of believers who delighted in their outwards gifts and talents, to the exclusion of an inner spirituality, which centred on Jesus Christ, and which would produce in them, the beautiful fruit of the Spirit..
This does not mean that the sin nature is eradicated or rendered inactive, but it does mean that in Christ we have the potential to live godly in Christ Jesus and to develop the fruit of righteousness, by grace through faith.
The one who abides in Christ will be fruitful but if anyone does not abide in Christ, they will not produce any fruit at all.
BUT anyone who does not abide in Christ, throws away their opportunity to bear good fruit to the glory of God - and that life becomes withered and is discarded.
so that in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit we may bear much fruit to the glory of God.
the fruit of the Spirit.
But if we do not abide in Christ and He is not given first place in our lives then we will not produce good fruit to the glory of God.
And Paul warns that their life will be devoid of spiritual fruit and whatever they have done in their life will be fruitless and be burned up.
but devoid of fruit.
He who saves his life shall lose it and he who loses his life for My sake shall find it. A believer saves his own carnal life by not abiding in Christ but living for himself or by trying to produce fruit by his own merit. Such a believer loses the one opportunity he has to honour the Father by denying himself, taking up his cross and abiding in Christ as a true disciple. Instead of growing in grace and maturing in the faith he is thrown aside as an unfruitful branch and his opportunity to live for Christ withers away.
The (spiritual) believer who loses his life for Christ (by abiding in Him) will find his life to be fruitful and will produce much fruit to the glory of God..
Those that produce spiritual fruit by abiding in Christ shall receive a reward.
Those that do not produce spiritual fruit by not abiding in Christ shall suffer loss - Saved; yet so as by fire.
The fruit that these carnal Christians produces is not a spiritual fruit which will be rewarded at the judgement seat of Christ, but carnal fruit such as envy, strife, greed and fleshly propensities, which reflect a worldly lifestyle and will suffer loss and be burned up.
the results will be good fruit-bearing, which brings honour to God, but if the believer chooses not to abide in Christ..
or tries to produce fruit apart from the Vine, it will result in a barren Christian life.
The gifts of the Spirit to be managed under God's authority. Gifts must flow from the fruit of the Spirit, which is rooted in LOVE and which overspills into joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness meekness and self-control.
Indeed, James points out that the sin of covetousness is so powerful that he allies its fruit with murder, which is rooted in anger, envy, bitterness, malice, cruelty, savagery, inhumanity and greed.When the covetous self is determined to have its own way, it often translates into hidden manipulations and blatantly evil actions, which can even pour fourth in the form of pious praying.
But humility is not only a great grace that needs to be developed in those that are young in years or young in the faith – humility is a fruit of the Spirit that should be the goal of all Christian men and women, however mature in the faith they have become, or however young they are in the Christian life – for God gives grace to be humble as well as wisdom, faith, understanding and holiness but He resists and opposes all those that are proud.
Only a heart that has been cleansed by grace through faith in the saving blood of Christ is enabled to produce the fruit of righteousness – for the good man produces good things from the treasury of a clean heart, while an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an soiled heart.God’s Word is true and His promise is sure so let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts, which are fully trusting Him.
The gospel of Christ is living and powerful, and when this living, God-breathed gospel of God's grace is planted in the heart of a spirit-filled, born-again believer and watered with living waters from on high, that tiny germ of life will begin to grow and develop and bring forth fruit..
more fruit - much fruit, to the glory of God.
and who had brought forth the spiritual fruit of faith and hope and love in abundance - and Paul rejoiced to hear that individually and collectively they were growing in grace, and in a knowledge of their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
May we who are born of God and know Him as our Saviour and Lord be consistent in bearing the fruit of righteousness and become increasingly fruitful in our lives as a true and living witness to others.
Having listed the ungodly characteristic that should not be exhibited in a Christian's life, Paul continues to list the different fruit of the Spirit, which should be manifested in the life of all those who walk in spirit and truth.
Love is the preeminent fruit of the Spirit from which all other virtues flow.
John the Baptist had identified Jesus as the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world, and the mighty signs and wonders He did, authenticated His Messianic claims... and should have produced fruit worthy of repentance.
For three years Jesus had been calling His people to turn from their sinful way and bring forth the fruit of righteousness, which was consistent with a repentant heart that mourned over sin.
One day the man came looking for fruit on it and did not find any.
He expected it to bring forth much fruit and provide food for a world of hungry souls.
Jesus was identified as the hard-working husbandman, Who tended the fig tree for the three years of His earthly ministry - giving it sufficient time to produce good fruit.
It was as Christ's ministry was drawing to its close that the Owner came looking for fruit - fruit that was rightfully His.
He looked for the fruit of repentance - but did not find any.
The long-suffering God of Israel Who sent His only begotten Son into the world to bring His chosen nation back to Himself and bring forth much good fruit - found none.
Because of their failure the kingdom that Christ had been sent to establish would have to be postponed for a season - until His erring nation repented of their sin and started to produce the fruit of righteousness.
The barren fig tree represented the generation of Jews who rejected their Messiah and refused to produce the fruit of righteousness, which is grown from a repentant heart that mourns over their sin.
There will be another generation of Jews who will bring forth the fruit that God desires from His chosen people.
Godliness is the spiritual fruit of a life that is lived in willing submission to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. May the great and glorious mystery of godliness, which had been kept hidden for ages and generations be evident in our lives - so that the life of Christ may we seen in us - to His praise and glory.
He reminds us that spirituality and godliness is manifested in a life that is emptied of self and is filled with Christ - a life that is walking in spirit and truth and in dependence upon the Father - a life that produces the beautiful fruit of righteousness in the power of the Holy Spirit.
IF there is any fellowship of the Spirit, (and there is) then we are to walk in spirit and truth; living in dependence upon the Father and bringing forth the fruit of righteousness by His power within.
Let us walk in spirit and truth and in utter dependence upon our heavenly Father and let us live a life that produces the beautiful fruit of righteousness in the power of the Holy Spirit - to His praise and glory..
Every born-again member of Christ’s body and their Christian leaders should be united in heart and manifesting the fruit of the spirit in their lives for the glory of God, and each one should be using their spiritual gifts for the benefit of the whole body of Christ.
And because we are His children and chosen by God we are members of His family and will be part of that great body of believers who will hear the trumpet sound and be raised incorruptible - as the first-fruit of the harvest of souls that have a spiritual inheritance, which is kept for us in heaven.
Sometimes they come cloaked in the enticing wrapping-paper of ungodly temptations and sometimes they are the fruit of ungodly harassment and unfair treatment from a Christ-rejecting, God-hating, Christian-despising sinful world.
Christ Jesus was the first fruit from the dead and His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection broke forever the power of sin, death, hell the law in the lives of all who would trust in the only begotten Son of God.
Purity, understanding, patience and kindness, sincerity and love are just some of the spiritual fruit that are likely to blossom in the life of a believer, who suffers such hardships for righteousness sake.
Having been saved by faith, let us confirm our election and our calling by walking in spirit and truth and trusting in the unchanging Word of God so that we will live our lives as He intended and produce fruit to His praise and glory.
We rejoice that Satan, sin, death, hell and all that is evil is thrown into the lake of fire and we stand in awe of the coming of the King of kings with His armies of heaven; the unimaginable beauty of the New Jerusalem; the sparkling river of the water of Life – as clear as crystal and the return to earth of the Tree of Life, with its 12 luscious fruit – which has been guarded by cherubim since sin entered the world – lest fallen man should eat of its fruit and live eternally in a fallen body.
His arm is ever-ready to provide the help we need, and His ear is always open to our cry, but He wants us to approach Him, through earnest prayer and cheerful praise, so that our faith in Him and our trust in His Word may germinate, grow, blossoms and bud - and bring forth much fruit, to His praise and glory, as we journey through life, to our promised heavenly home.
We are told that these three, spiritual fruit of God’s amazing grace will continue and will remain and abide into the eternal state.In this earthly life, faith must remain for we live by faith and not by sight, and our hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to all who trust in Christ for salvation.
The next exhortation from Paul to this community of Christians is to.. let your gentleness be known to all men – the Lord is near. Gentleness is one of the fruit of the Spirit that is manifested in a life that is abiding in Christ, walking in the Spirit, trusting in God, demonstrating His love to others and obeying His word.
The fruit of gentleness is an attribute that should be evident to all people – both those that are saved and the unsaved.
In this passage we read of Timothy - whom Paul loved to describe as his 'son in the Lord.' We discover that he exhibits the qualities, character and fruit of the Spirit, that each one of us are called upon to produce, through the power of the indwelling, Holy Spirit.
The godly attributes of this virtuous lady are unattainable in our own strength, for the works of the flesh, whether good or bad are rooted in the fruit of the old sin nature and are unacceptable to the Lord.
But she who desires to be holy and virtuous, gracious and good can only achieve this spiritual fruit through the power of the indwelling life of Christ.
The fruit of the Spirit can only be produced in the one who trusts in the Lord with all her heart, does not lean on her own understanding.
The beginning of wisdom and the fruit of virtue and can be discovered in the one who presents her body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto the Lord.
The fruit of a holy reverence for our Lord develops our deeper understanding of His beautiful attributes and eternal character and will burst forth into praise and thanksgiving – worship and reverential love from those that fear Him.
Paul describes the order of the FIRST Resurrection Unto Life - 1st) Christ the First-fruit and then 2nd) the Church; followed by 3rd) a great multitude of Tribulation saints, who are finally followed... at the end of the 'Jacob's Trouble', by 4th) saved Israel - when many asleep in the dust of the earth will awake - some to everlasting life, and the unsaved to 5th) the SECOND resurrection unto damnation and everlasting contempt - 1000 years later.
Having rejected 1) the prophetic warning of John the Baptist to turn from their sins and produce righteous fruit; 2) the heavenly witness of the Father and the Spirit at His baptism and 3) the undeniable testimony of His messianic signs as proof of His heavenly calling, Christ exposed the sinful desires of the leadership of Israel, which were to destroy the Lord Jesus Christ and claim His inheritance for themselves.
Those that search the scriptures daily are not only wise, but truly blessed of the Lord - for blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates therein day and night. He will be like a tree securely planted by streams of life-giving water, which yields much fruit in its season, to the glory of God.
Jesus is looking forward to the time when deaf ears will hear their Messiah's call; respond to His words; proclaim the gospel of the kingdom throughout the world and become a fruitful fig tree - that brings forth the fruit of righteousness.
But the gracious qualities of virtue and strength, excellence, dignity and honour that are displayed in the life of a believer, are simply the fruit of the Spirit being shown forth in the woman or man who is humbly submitted to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit and is prepared to say He must increase and I must decrease.
Such fruit of the Spirit should be evident in the lives of all Christians, but there are also many traps to avoid and snares to circumvent, and Paul's final words of instruction to this younger brother in the faith, was to recognise and avoid many of the heresies, unbiblical teachings and legalistic rituals, that were infiltrating the Christian Church of his day.
May we exhibit the characteristic of Christ in our daily life, and may we bear much fruit-of-the-Spirit, for His praise and glory - so that our life may become a wonderful witness to our God and Saviour - and His name be glorified in our lives.
Godly words that reflect a biblical perspective are rooted in a mind that is stayed on Christ Gracious thoughts and purity of heart is a manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit in a life that is governed by God and walking in spirit and truth.
Humility, grace, peace and love are the precious spiritual fruit that should be evident in the life of all God's children..
But he also knew that spiritual growth is not automatic, for we must grow and mature in grace and in a knowledge of our Saviour Jesus Christ - and we do this as we trust in the promises of God, and depend on Him alone through all the eventualities of life, so that we may bear much fruit..
for if these godly qualities are ours and are increasing in our life, we will not be rendered useless but will bear much fruit..
He is the man who rests in Christ and he is the one in whom the Lord Himself abides, for he produces the beautiful fruit of righteousness at the right time and in the best way.
May we be like the tree in Psalm 1 that is planted; grows; prospers and produces the precious fruit of righteousness... receiving God's never-failing supply of nourishment and limitless refreshment from His streams of living water.
The Colossian believers had embraced the glorious gospel of grace, which was given to us by God, and revealed to us all through his holy apostles and prophets - and the result in the lives of these Christians was the production of fruit, more fruit - much spiritual fruit.
The gospel of truth that these believers had embraced so readily, is the same gospel that is freely available to all who will trust on the Lord Jesus Christ:- for the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes - and all who abide in Christ will grow in grace and produce the precious fruit of righteousness.
It was because of their sincere faith in the gospel, their future hope in God's promises, the abundance of fruit being produced in their lives and the deep love they had for one another, that Paul did not cease to pray for them and to ask that they might be filled with the knowledge of God's will, in all spiritual wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
For it was as Eve looked and saw that the tree was good for food that sin was conceived in her heart and her flesh began to lust after the forbidden fruit and she disobeyed the Lord's command - and reached out, took and ATE.
And we are called upon to demonstrate our discipleship and glorify our Father in heaven by bearing fruit, more fruit - much fruit.
But demonstrating our discipleship, yielding much fruit and glorifying God is entirely dependent upon our abiding in Christ.
Glorifying our Father in heaven and bearing much spiritual fruit is only possible as we abide in Him and He in us.
The moment we were born from above, all the advantages of our heavenly citizenship became ours - but it is only as the believer continues to abide in Christ and submit to the Holy Spirit within, that Christ can produce the fruit of the Spirit through his disciple.
In like manner we are also called upon to glorify our Father and bear much fruit so as to prove that we are Christ's disciples - but it is only possible as we abide in Him and He in us.
David's first thought was that his sickness had been sent as a punishment from God, but although bitter circumstances can result from the consequences of our own our ungodly choices..difficulties and distresses in life must by no means be attributed to God's displeasure - on the contrary, God often permits sickness and suffering to display His glory in our lives, which frequently results in our spiritual growth and godly fruit.
But herbs and grass; fruit and trees; birds of the air, fish of the sea and every living creature soon filled the earth and were instructed to be fruitful and multiply - together with man, who was built from the dust of the earth in the image and likeness of God - Who breathed His own life into the heart of man.
And like Paul, the prophet Hosea also recognised the deeper truth that is packed within these simple words - that the fruit of righteousness produced in man is only from God, and that it is due to His loving-kindness and tender-mercy that the trusting heart is able to partake of any righteousness.
Indeed, the fruit of the Spirit that forms in the life of a believer, is only and always a manifestation of God's mercy and grace, working in and through His child, for Jesus said, without Me you can do nothing.
It has its fruit in a person that remain true to their heavenly calling and it is manifested in a life of faithful obedience - a life that is lived to the glory of God - a life that faithfully fulfils its heavenly calling.
Our spiritual growth needs to be rooted in the Word of God so that it can become a worthy witness of God's grace and spiritual fruit, which refreshes others in our daily activities - and all should be carried out for the glory of God.
Jesus was pictured as the Vine-dresser and the lack of fruit on the branches of the tree, indicated an absence of the fruit of righteousness from the nation of Israel.
It was when the Owner came looking for fruit and found it was barren, that He ordered the Vinedresser to chop it down.
Israel should have responded to the many calls to repent of their sin and produced the fruit of righteousness, by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness.
Jesus was the incarnate Word of God, about Whom the scriptures spoke, and to Whom the Jewish Law pointed... and although they were a worthless nation, Jesus graciously asked the Father to give His people more time to repent of their sin and produce the fruit of righteousness - saying 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertiliser.
He wants each one of us to become firmly established in the faith and produce much fruit in our lives - to His praise and glory.
May we all strive after patient endurance, brotherly kindness and godly love, so that we do not lack those qualities of the godly man, which are pleasing in the sight of God or become spiritual blind - but may we abide in Him and He in us so that we produce good fruit, more fruit..
We however must make sure we are rooted and grounded in the essentials of Scripture, and be ready and willing to identify and expose false teachers - for by their fruit you will know them, and through a knowledge of Scripture you will be equipped to identify and challenge them.
Today we have the first-fruit of the Spirit, which are as yet incomplete and imperfect, on that glorious day He will consummate His pledge to us and we shall be without spot and wrinkle, having a body like unto His glorious body - when we shall be fully redeemed, body, soul and spirit.
The warm gentleness and tender-hearted forgiveness of Paul's chapter on love, in 1 Corinthians 13: (God's greatest fruit the Spirit) is condensed into one tiny verse by Peter, the big 'fisher-of-men,' who was such a fervent lover of his Lord and encouraged us to: above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover a multitude of sins.
Too often we forget that those who diligently seek Him are rewarded with His bountiful gifts of grace and the beautiful fruit of the Spirit, so that they grow in grace and mature in the faith, which pleases our heavenly Father.
The fruit of the Spirit are the internal graces that are produced in the life of a believer who is submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit, so that the life lived becomes a lovely reflection of Christ's singular nature and character.
he fruit of man's sinful nature bears nothing but rotting sadness and sour pain, and the ethical character and political correctness of the believer that is straining to live-up to certain socially acceptable moral standards, will similarly produces nothing but the bad fruit of an old sinful, Adamic nature.
The fruit of the Spirit are not 'works' that are done for God, however good and commendable they may be, but the nature and character of the living Christ being exhibited in and radiating through the life of the child of God.
The nine graces that together comprise the fruit of the Spirit combine to display a perfect portrait of the Lord Jesus Himself.
Each of the nine individual qualities that are listed as the fruit of the Spirit all find their genesis in the fountain-head of God's LOVE.
The triplet of love and joy and peace demonstrate an inner quality that permeates the entire disposition of the one that is producing this fruit of the Spirit.
Only as we live and walk and pray in the spirit, will our lives produce this singular fruit of God's Holy Spirit, so can we say with Paul: Not I - but Christ
This is the glorious song of ecstatic praise and great rejoicing that Israel will sing in harmonic unison in that future day, when the saved remnant of God's chosen people will eat of the fruit of the land of Israel in peace and security.
We have a positive responsibility to obey His word and apply it in our everyday life, for when we walk in the unity of the Spirit and live in holiness of heart, we mature in the faith, grow in grace and produce the fruit of humility; patience; gentleness and love.
True worship emanates from a soul that is right with God and an attitude that is conceived in the inner heart, which reflects His beauty - where the fruit of the Spirit is manifested, and the character of Christ is reflected.
The apostle had heard news of his generosity and self-sacrificial love, during his imprisonment, which caused him great joy, for Philemon was also a son in the faith and Paul rejoiced in his spiritual growth and the fruit he was producing.
and allow the beautiful spiritual fruit of humility to blossom and bud in our inner being - so that the lovely character of the Lord Jesus may start to be seen increasingly in our lives - until we come to a measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ - to the praise and honour of our heavenly Father.
which begins with faith, must grow and develop into Christian maturity and produce spiritual fruit, which is so honouring to the Father.
And so the urgency of Peter's message in his second epistle is that our Christian life, which began at the point of saving faith, must become a growing, developing and sanctifying faith, which matures by means of diligent application of God principles of spiritual growth, which are contained in His Word - and all of which produce spiritual fruit, which is so honouring to our Father in heaven.
Let us thank Him for the continued evidences of His grace in our lives, and discover the fruit of godly obedience - so that by the power of the Spirit we may be transformed by the renewing of our mind, for then we will be able to test and approve the perfect will of God for us - which is Christ in You the hope of glory.
Many misquote the first part of this verse as referring to initial salvation: you did not choose Me but I chose you and appointed you.. But these words were spoken to men who had already believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and were being chosen and appointed to produce good and lasting fruit - to the praise of God the Father.
These men were chosen to bear fruit that would remain.
He was appointing those who had already believed on His name to bear much fruit.
These men were already saved disciples of Christ when he said this to them..... you did not choose Me but I chose you and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
They were chosen by Him, and appointed to bear lasting fruit.
In Proverbs we are told that: the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise. Paul outlines the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 and reminds us in Ephesians that the fruit of the spirit is, in all goodness, righteousness, and truth - and we are called to go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain.
May we abide in Christ and He is us day by day so that in His sufficient strength we may bear much fruit to the praise and glory of God - for when we are living in spirit and truth we not only are fruitful to His praise and glory but will be guided by His Holy Spirit to pray into His will and character.
Christ is not only the First-fruit from the dead, assuring all who believe in Him will also be physically resurrected... but His entrance into the heavenly realm, following His ascension, prefigures our own thrilling access into the holy place of God, and our promised heavenly inheritance.
And in like manner the Lord Jesus, is the full and final representation of the First-fruit of them that slept - and no-one, (not even those that loved Him so deeply) were permitted to partake of Him or touch Him, for He was not yet ascended to present Himself as the First-fruit offering to the Father.
Only days before His crucifixion the Lord Jesus wept and mourned that His people had missed the day of their visitation and sadly announced, therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.
There are two schools of thought about Christ announcement... that the kingdom would be taken from them and given to a nation that would bring forth fruit of righteousness.
Although believers in the Church age have certainly been called to produce the fruit of righteousness and the Lord is using us to proclaim the gospel of grace to unbelievers, it is most likely the last generation of Jews are the people about whom Jesus is speaking – for a day is coming when that nation will repent of their sin, turn from unbelief to faith in God's Anointed and cry out, “Hosanna” to their Messiah.
However, at His second advent, when He returns in great power and glory to set up His kingdom in Jerusalem, a redeemed Israel... who finally acknowledge Christ as their Messiah and King, will produce the fruit of righteousness through faith in God… and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent.
It was the fiery 'son of thunder' who in his twilight years penned the precious words in this verse: God is Love, and it was the same beloved disciple who increasingly discovered the amazing truth that: God is Love - as did the dynamic apostle Paul who disclosed that love is the greatest of all the gifts and love is the greatest fruit of the Spirit - for the fruit of the Spirit is grounded in LOVE.
Knowing that grace is given to the humble we should earnestly seek after the precious fruit of the Spirit, which will only develop and grow in the one that recognises that every manifestation of sin is rooted in a proud and arrogant heart - But He gives greater grace.
we are to put on a heart of compassion and bring forth the spiritual fruit of kindness, and humility, gentleness and patience - and we are to bear with one another in love, forgiving each other with grace..
It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit being manifested in our lives, so that the love of Christ in our heart, may stream out from us to others, with whom we come in contact.
When we abide in Christ and willingly submit to the good work that the Holy Spirit started in our life at salvation, then the love of Christ grows in our heart as spiritual fruit, and we are enabled by Him to love one another as He loves us.
The ground was well-watered by four shimmering rivers, and the Lord made sure that every tree that produced luscious fruit was growing in this idyllic place, for the man to enjoy.
And He also placed the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the centre of the garden, but forbade Adam to eat of its fruit - for God desired that man would freely choose to serve and honour Him, out of tender affection and a desire to reverence his Creator - Who would walk with him in the garden and talk with him in the cool of evening.
He started a good work in us and planted an eternal seed of grace within each of our hearts, which will mature and produce fruit, more fruit and much fruit to His praise and glory, if we humbly submit to His leading and guidance in our lives.
Let us approach Him in humility of heart and poverty of spirit, for He has promised to fill all those that hunger for Him with good things, both in this life and in the age to come, while those that come to Him in selfish, self-satisfied pride and carnality of soul will receive the bitter fruit of inner emptiness.
Christ was the First-fruit from the grave and all resurrected Church-age saints will become part of 'the First Resurrection', about which the Bible speaks so fully. We will all be part of the 'Resurrection to Life'.
He referred to them as 'ferocious wolves', and explained that the fruit of professing prophets, priests, pastors or teachers would help to confirm them as legitimate ministers of Christ or identify them as a counterfeit.
Jesus explained in the previous verse that the way to differentiate between a false prophet and a godly preacher is by their fruit, and explained that a good tree bears good fruit, while a bad tree bears bad fruit. Those who do God's will produce the fruit of the Spirit, while others speak perverse things, to draw the disciples away, after themselves. Beware of the false prophets, we are warned, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Only those who are saved by grace, abiding in Christ, walking in spirit and maintaining fellowship with the Father can bring forth the fruit of righteousness.
We are to identify false prophets by their fruit. Those who walk in truth, rest in Christ, fellowship with the Father and do His will produce good fruit.
Unless a professing prophet is doing the will of the Father and producing spiritual fruit, he is probably a savage wolf who will proclaim a false gospel, promote a counterfeit Jesus and offer a substitute salvation.
But what is the will of the Father for His children and what fruit should be evident in the life of a minister?
The question arises, how can these false prophets name Jesus as Lord, if they are ravening wolves, who do not produce fruit of righteous and refuse to do the will of the Father?
Only those who produce spiritual fruit and carry out God's will can enter.
False prophets and counterfeit professors, who produce bad fruit and refuse to do the Father's will, are identified by Jesus, as 'ravening wolves', and will one day hear Him say, depart from Me, I never knew you.
And because of his reverend submission to the Father and unfailing trust in Him, Christ's prayer was heard and Jesus became the first-fruit from the grave - the first MAN to rise from the dead... thus breaking the power of sin; Satan; death and hell for ALL who place their faith in HIM.
Both James and Paul know that there are certain Christians who having been truly saved by grace though faith (the root of justification) who do not produce good works that are the identifying marks of a Christian, who is walking in spirit and truth (the fruit of justification).
May we who have been rooted in Christ by grace through faith when we were saved.. seek to be fruitful in our Christian walk, by bearing much fruit to the glory of God - as we abide in Christ and He in us.
Persecution; false teachers; godly service; fruit-bearing; promised rewards and effective prayer... accompanied by a life of faith and a total dependence on the Lord, are required of all Christ's disciples, throughout this extended period.
It is only a man who walks in spirit and truth and in utter dependence on the leading, guidance, training and correction of the indwelling Holy Spirit that bring forth this spiritual fruit of godly love.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much spiritual fruit (godly love), for apart from Me you can do nothing..