“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal.5:22-25).
1 – love
2 – joy
3 – peace
4 – longsuffering
5 – gentleness
6 – goodness
7 – faith
8 – Meekness
9 – temperance
The biblical number 9 is symbolic to divine completeness – 7 being the number of completeness; and 8 is new beginning.
Understand that the church can refer to the whole body of Christ which has different members (meaning there’s many members) or it can be an individual person. The church is not the building we so often refer to, it is the living body of Christ, and Christ is the head. I call the fruit of the Spirit the 9 pillars of the church, because without these 9 characteristics of the fruit, one can’t have the fruit. Take not, Galatians 5 speaks of the fruit of the Spirit in a singular form and not fruits in the plural form – therefore, the fruit of the spirit consist of all 9 of these characteristics; yet one fruit – Hallelujah!
You might have 7 or even 8 of these characteristics, but your fruit will not be fully ripe; and a fruit that’s not fully ripe does not taste right, for one will spit out that which taste not right.
Take a look at what led up to Paul speaking about the fruit of the Spirit….
Throughout Galatians chapter 5 Paul warns against unclean living and lays emphases to what it is to live by faith. He brings his book to the Galatian church to a close by calling out the fruit of the Spirit. But he continues to say: ‘And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit’ (Gal.5:24-25).
Take note: It wasn’t long before the early church in Galatia formed that they fell off the tracks. These were religious Christians. Today we see the same happen. Folks from other religions and even religious Christians came unto the truth of Christianity; yet they only remained for a little while. Sooner or later that same religious mindset crept right back in. Now there’s a difference between religious Christianity and true Christianity. Let me explain:
Religion tries to reason what it hears, but the truth of Christianity reasons not, it acts and responds against all odds and do.
You’ve most probably heard that people say in religion it is man seeking God, but in Christianity it is God who seeks man – however, let’s look at it this way: Christianity is expressing outwardly the inner workings of God in the human body. You see, in religion their god is an outward entity working inwardly; but in true Christianity our God is an inner entity working outwardly – it is a life of faith.
Faith is the response of the human spirit to the Word of God. You don’t respond because it makes sense, neither because you’ve seen it work in others or for others; no – you get a revelation on the Word and follow the instructive word which comes with the revelation. This is when your senses don’t make sense no more. This is when you no longer moved by what people say or think. This is when you know that no matter what, the Word you’ve received surpasses all understanding; and it is sure to produce what it speaks of.
This have everything to do with how you respond. Your response to the Word of God is what produce the fruit of the Spirit in your life. If you haven’t learned to respond form your spirit to the Word of God, then you might notice that you lack 1 or more of the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit. You need to learn how to respond to the Word from your spirit. The flesh is weak and profits you nothing eternal; it is your spirit that is strong and profits you eternal.
Throughout the year we done many teachings on training our spirit man; and below we will highlight the key points of these.
Prayer: Praying and praying right is important. Praying selfless prayers is what moves God; for when we understand who we are in Christ we have no need to pray for ourselves. All our needs are fulfilled in Christ Jesus.
Communion: Communion with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is important. Communion goes beyond prayer; it is a different kind of communication. This is when we develop a personal and intimate relationship with God.
Meditation: Meditating on the Word of God, best described in Joshua 1:8 (please read). It is through meditation that our spirit man is awaken to the Word and strengthened to respond to God’s Word. It allows us to become doers of the Word as faith gets stirred up in us.
Giving: Many get this wrong – the Christian life is a life of giving, but many in the church today try getting as much as they possibly can. The Bible tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. How so? Because when we give what’s in our hand, God gives what is in His hand. Therefore, we don’t give because we have; rather we have because we give.
Ultimately: Because you gave your life to the Lord, the world isn’t going to change according to your salvation; but the way you think should change – and it will change when you come to realize that you have a responsibility to study the Word, grow in a relationship with God, and walk by faith. The more you do these, the more your fruit will ripen up – it will bring your fruit to a divine completeness at the end of your walk here on earth.
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
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