Introductory ThoughtsIn the miraculous age of Christianity (the first century) the apostles could work miracles.The miraculous enabled people to do certain things. 1 Corinthians 12 reveals 9 manifestations of the Spirit.Galatians 5:22-23 reveal 9 characteristicsof the fruit of the Spirit.
Introductory ThoughtsThe "fruit of the spirit" involves the way people live. Galatians 5:22-23 reveal 9 characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit.Note the fruit is singular, yet it requires a balance of the characteristics listed.These characteristics may be classified in three categories. Toward God – Toward Others – Toward Self
Characteristics That Look Toward GodLove. God should be the object of love. Matthew 22:34-40 Love for God moves one to obey him. 1 John 5:3 - John 14:15 Love is the motive that prompts one to faithfully serve God. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 13
Characteristics That Look Toward GodJoy. Salvation from the Lord brings joy to the heart. Acts 2:46; 8:8;8:39; 16:34 Gods people are exhorted to "rejoice in the Lord". Philippians 4:4 The hope of eternal salvation gives Christians a "joy unspeakable". 1 Peter 1:8
Characteristics That Look Toward GodPeace. Salvation by Gods grace brings peace from God. Romans 5:1 Those who make peace with God obtain the peace of God. Philippians 4:6-7 “Peace" is not at the mercy of external circumstances.
Characteristics That Look Toward OthersLongsuffering – Suffering a long time. In trying to teach and reach the lost. In attempting to get along with ill-tempered members of the church. Ephesians 4:31-32 In resisting temptation. Hebrews 12:3-4
Characteristics That Look Toward OthersKindness. “Longsuffering endures wrong; kindness overcomes it". Gods people must be kind. Ephesians 4:31-32
Characteristics That Look Toward OthersGoodness. Goodness signifies, "not merely goodness as a quality, rather it is goodness in action. Gods people are to "do good". Galatians 6:10
Characteristics That Look Toward SelfFaith – faithfulness. Christians have built into their characters a quality that causes them to be reliable. They continue "steadfastly" in the apostles doctrine, etc. Acts 2:42
Characteristics That Look Toward SelfMeekness – strength under control. The meek are submissive to Gods will. The meek are teachable. James 1:21 The meek are considerate of others. Ephesians 4:2
Characteristics That Look Toward SelfSelf-control. A contrast to many of the works of the flesh. Galatians 5:19-21 The body must be controlled. 1 Corinthians 9:27 The mind must be controlled. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Concluding ThoughtsIf the Holy Spirit guides ones life, by the word of Christ, then one will produce the "fruit of the spirit".One is "free" to produce the fruit of the Spirit.Over the next several weeks we will look more in depth at each of these characteristics.