Rediscovering the Holy Spirit
Lesson 6: Fruit of the Holy Spirit
David Jones, Teacher
Talking with Christians about the Holy Spirit can sometimes get pretty confusing. Last week we studied the specific "gifts" of the Holy Spirit - which to an outsider sounds like the Holy Spirit might have something in common with Santa Claus.
This week we study the "fruit" of the Holy Spirit, which sounds like the Holy Spirit might have something in common with an fruit tree. How would you explain the difference between the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
1. Gifts are about what we do
2. Fruit is about who we are
Let's dive into our study of the Bible and find out!
II. LIMITS OF OUR FLESH
Galatians 5:16-17 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” We know, then, that the indwelling Spirit wars against the desires of our flesh. What is the desire of the Spirit? It is the desire of the Holy Spirit to produce, or bring forth, fruits of righteousness in us as a result of His presence. He desires to truly transform us from the inside out.
Philippians 1:10, 11 “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
These fruits of righteousness that result from the indwelling Spirit are termed the fruit of the Spirit.
1. There Is Nothing Good That Can Come From Our Flesh.
There is a simple and vital law that God has established in the natural world:
Genesis 1:11, 12 “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
In other words:
· Orange trees give rise to orange trees.· Apple trees give rise to apple trees. · Wheat plants give rise to wheat plants.· Tomato plants give rise to tomato
This sinful flesh does not bring forth righteousness – it brings forth sin!
Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
2. What Comes From The Flesh’s Fruit?
(Galatians 5:19-21). “Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:”
Religion only serves to mask or whitewash these evil works – it cannot bring forth the fruits of righteousness. Even the most righteous works are tainted with pride and self-righteousness.
3. Anything Good In Our Lives Is A Result Of The Work Of The Spirit.
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:”
If nothing good can come from our flesh, then it is clear that any good fruit produced in our lives is the result of the inner workings of the Holy Spirit. Just as the sinful flesh brings forth sin, the Holy Spirit will bring forth holiness and righteousness.
John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
4. It Is Our Duty To Submit To The Spirit And Allow Him To Bring Forth Fruit.
“It is not without design, evidently, that the apostle uses the word “Spirit” here, as denoting that these things do not flow from our...