HS Part 4 THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Intro: We are in our 4th week of our series on the HS – Looked at the Person of the HS -/ His Deity / His work in Salvation/ Sealed
A)We have NOTED that one of the very important works of the Holy Spirit is that of conforming us to Christ.
B)God’s ultimate purpose for the believer is for him/her to be like Jesus
1.) Rom 8:29 conformed to the image of his Son….
C)KEY INSIGHT Christianity not only points to the IDEAL (Jesus), it PROMISES the POWER to CONFORM to the ideal.
1)Christianity is about God the Holy Spirit coming to live within fallen man and by HIS POWER conforming him to the image of God.
2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
We have seen that it is also the work of the Holy Spirit to seal the believer.
A)The seal of the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership.
B)The Holy Spirit makes God’s ownership of our lives something tangible and real. He makes TRUTH real to us....
1) He makes JESUS real to us. Our salvation becomes tangible to us.
C)To be sealed with the Spirit also means that the Holy Spirit stamps upon the hearts of God’s purchased possession the very image of God.
1) He leaves the stamp of His character upon our hearts and lives.
KEY APPLICATION: Herein lies the PROOF of redemption. God’s mark of ownership is the Expression of Jesus Christ in our lives.
That expression is what we would call The Fruit Of The Believer
A)Jesus said that His character being expressed in an individual was something that could be seen and enjoyed, like fruit on a tree.
B)Jesus said that a true believer is known by his fruit.
Mat 7:16-20 6You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
C)INSIGHT - The believer is like a tree planted by God.
2.) Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
D)INSIGHT - The main purpose of the tree is to bear fruit.
John 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain,
E) So the goal of the Christian life is to bring forth fruit that is pleasing to God – but – what is the fruit that is to flow from out lives ?
1) Gal 5 Defines it as THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - turn & read
One Fruit, Eight Characteristics
A)Neither the Greek, nor the English speak of fruits (plural). It is fruit (singular), and that fruit is love
B)The fruit of the Spirit is love and what follows is a list of 8 characteristics of that love. / Love defined in 8 ways
C) Now sometimes when doing a series like this one –People are real eager to get to the gifts of the HS
1) Lets talk about TONGUES & PROPHECY – those things
D) As wonderful as those things are / those gifts of the HS can be – they are but one aspect of His ministry – not the Chief
1) His Chief ministry & desire is to Produce w/ in us this Fruit of Love – Greatest expression of the Person of Christ in our lives
Some Christians act like the Triune God is Skits. – God the Father He is mean – unapproachable – distant – Holy & to be feared
A)God the Son – Jesus – He is Loving – compassionate – caring – friend sit down & have coffee w/ - Loves sinners patient – w/ adulterers
B) Then there is God the HS – He is this Cosmic –entity – wild –spooky – He is referred to as the Holy Ghost –
1) All that is Mystical & all that is mysterious gets associated w/ Him /
C)He is the unpredictable part of the God head that never know what He is going to do – Grab a hold of your tongue / throw you on the floor
1) Force you to do these weird things & lose control –
D) Those who view Him that way – have this Skits view of God – that quite frankly is not Biblical-
1) Just like we would never consider picking up God the Father / or God the Son & throwing Him – some do God the HS
E) Neither would the HS do those things to us – not His nature –
John said this That God is Love – His very essence is love / not force himself upon anyone –
A)Jesus said that He & the Father are one – seen me seen the Father / what I do – the father does
B) Jesus went on to say concerning the HS – He is going to testify of me
1) He is going to bear witness of me – Things that belong to me / that are of me – He is going to bear witness that it is so
C) This tells us that there is a Commonness amongst the members of the God head – Chief Characteristic is Love
1) The Expression of the HS in the Life of the Church is going to be seen by the Fruit of Love that comes forth from our lives
D)The fruit of the Spirit is love and what follows is a list of 8 characteristics of that love. / Love defined in 8 ways
Being that there is but one fruit of the Spirit - love, it is important for us to define that term.
A)In our English language we have ONE word to express many different kinds of love. EXAMPLE: I love Pizza / Dog .... I love my wife
B)The same word is used, but it has different meanings.
1) Hopefully there is a big difference between how I feel about Pizza & Dog and how I feel about my wife.
C) But in the Nt – Grk Greek language had several words that we translate into the English as love that describe different kinds of love
1)Eros - The word was NOT used in the New Testament, but was common in Greek literature.
D)We get our English word erotic from this word. It speaks of the kind of love that says: “I desire you”. It is a love that is self-gratifying
Phileo - This word is commonly used in the New testament. It means to be a friend to... To be fond of an individual or an object).
A)Brotherly love It is a reciprocal kind of affection: “I love you because”
B)Agape - This is the word that we are concerned with in speaking of the kind of love that is produced by the Spirit.
1)It is different from Phileo in that Agape is a kind of love that does NOT look for returns.
C)It is a love that GIVES with nothing hoped for in return.
1)Agape is the word used to describe God’s love
3.) 1 John 4:8 God is love.
4.) John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son
Defining Loves Characteristics
A)Now that we understand that the one fruit of the Spirit is love, and understand what love means, let’s define it’s characteristics.
B) Lets break these down – a little 1st Joy
1)Christian joy is NOT like human pleasure which is dependent upon circumstances (Happiness depends upon happenings).
C) I might find pleasure and happiness in my new car... UNTIL someone scratches it.
D)Joy is that inward satisfaction that is devoid of circumstances
1) Gives us that capacity to sing & Praise in the mist of the storm
A)We know that we have peace WITH God because we trust in the finished work of the cross
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
B)But there is also the peace OF God.
Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
C)Peace is a characteristic of love in that the Holy Spirit produces in the inner man a Calmness in the storm - PEACABLENESS towards others. NOTE: God’s love is NOT quarrelsome or contentious.
D) Now I have to admit that I wish the Lord would have stopped right here
Love / Joy / Peace –
1)because the rest of this list seem to imply Difficulty – stretched / trials
A)Many of us fall short here, but this is a prominent characteristic of the Lord.
5.) Psa 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
6.) Exo 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
God suffered long with us..... He persevered in loving us & continues to
2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
A)The Spirit wants to produce this fruit in us- James tells us that it is born out in our trials – Pray for patience –
1) God will sometimes bring someone into your life – Who drives you crazy
B)Kindness = Loves enduring -
1)This is love dealing with others in their faults. Though we may have to reprove them we should NEVER be unkind. / Speak truth in love
1 Cor 13:4 Love suffereth long, and is kind
1) Goodness is the practical works of love. / Sharing / caring / giving / serving
Gentleness is love refined. It speaks of a moral excellence in behavior towards others. It is doing the right thing at the right time.
God’s love is faithful. It speaks of FIDELITY and CONSTANCY.
Real love is faithful to promises and covenants, duties and obligations.
Real love is trusting. It trusts others. It is ready to believe others. It is ready to believe the best in others.
7.) 1 Cor 13:6-7 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8.) Prov 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.
Fruit: Grown, Not Made
A)Paul draws a sharp contrast between the flesh life and the Spirit led life.
He speaks of the works of the flesh in contrast to the fruit of the Spirit.
B)Insight:-The manifestation of the character of the carnal man is called works, while the manifestation of the character of the Spirit-filled man is called fruit.
This fruit of the Spirit is NOT something that we ACQUIRE, it is something that is DEVELOPED.
A) Not Love 101 – move on to Joy & peace 102
B)This love has it’s origins in God. It is a Divine love. It is NOT something that originates with me. It is NOT something that I can generate.
A)The fruit of the Spirit is NOT a matter of your efforts to imitate Christ.
B)It is more a matter of PARTAKING of the life of Christ than IMITATING Christ.
POINT: It is absolutely necessary that the believer ABIDE in Christ.
C)The life of Christ (The Vine) flows through every branch thus enabling the fruit of His character to be produced within the individual.
The NATURAL result of abiding in the vine is the bearing of fruit.
A branch does NOT struggle and strive, shake and quiver, to develop
fruit.- Fruit trees don’t do that but Christians do
A)The branch is an integral part of the vine. IF nothing is permitted to come between it and the vine the result will be fruit.
B)KEY APPLICATION: IF abiding in Christ is the secret of fruit bearing, THEN we should guard our relationship with Christ so that NOTHING comes between us (The Branch) and Jesus (The Vine)
C)We should NOT let anything break our fellowship with Jesus. We should remain in communion and conscious fellowship with Jesus.