22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
We want to do a study series on the Fruit of the Spirit. We begin here with an introduction to the subject. There are nine things mentioned in our text that are connected with the Fruit of the Spirit. The first thing to remember is that our subject is spoken of in the singular. Therefore all of these things are what the fruit of the Spirit is all about. The Bible teaches that followers of Christ should bring forth fruit unto God. Rom. 7:4. Jn. 15:5 and 8. So bearing spiritual fruit is the evidence of true discipleship. All who name the name of Christ should be concerned about the fruit they bear. Being a Christian is more than just receiving Christ as Savior by faith. That certainly is a critical and vital thing and without it there is no salvation. The Bible also gives us landmarks or benchmarks after the initial salvation experience that encourage us in the faith until God is finished with us on this earth. This is where the Fruit of the Spirit comes in. Before we start looking at the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit let us consider a couple of things that come first.
- GOD MUST BE THE GARDENER IN THE SINNER’S LIFE.
- God must be present in your heart and life. Phil. 2:13, Phil. 1:6.
- God must give the increase. 1Cor. 3:7-9.
- God must create the new you. 2Pet. 1:3, 8.
- GOD’S MIRACLE GROW MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.
- Man is spiritually dead. Eph. 2:1, 4:18, Jn. 6:44.
- Man is unclean and carnal. Job 14:4, Jn. 3:6.
- Man needs to be recreated. Jn. 3:3-5, 7-8. 2Cor. 5:17.
Conclusion: A study of the nine fold fruit of the Spirit should be a blessing but it can never be stressed too much that unless you are born again by the sovereign grace of God all you will ever have to offer God is the rotten fruits of man made religion. 2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.