In our last few studies, we have been looking at the Spiritual Gifts that the Lord gives us for our usage today. In our lesson today, we will be looking at Spiritual Fruit that is borne by all genuine believers in Christ. We have previously summarized the differences between Spiritual Gifts and Spiritual Fruits in the following chart:
The following table helps us to understand the difference between the talents, fruits and gifts we are given by God through the Spirit’s intervention…
This chart is given to quickly illustrate there is a distinct difference between the “Spiritual Gifts”, which is the theme of this Bible study, and the “Fruits of the Spirit” and “Physical Talents” all of which are given by God to man.
Please note that some of the differences between Spiritual Gifts and Fruits include:
|Difference||Spiritual Gift||Spiritual Fruit|
|When Is The Fruit/Gift Received ?||Spiritual Gifts are given at the Lord’s intervention in the christian’s life to equip them for ministry.||Spiritual Fruits are given when the believer is given spiritual life (during their salvation experience with the Holy Spirit’s indwelling)|
|What Is The Nature Of The Fruit/Gift ?||Spiritual Gifts are supernaturally exercised by the Christian during the performance of their ministry||Spiritual Fruits are naturally borne by the Christian resulting from the presence of the indwelling Spirit|
|What Are The Types Of The Fruit/Gift Received ?||Various Spiritual Gifts are given to believers at the discretion of the Lord based upon their individual ministries||All of the Spiritual Fruits are given to every believer|
|What Is The Purpose For The Fruit/Gift ?||Different Spiritual Gifts are needed for the Christian’s differing ministries||All the Spiritual Fruits are necessary for the fulfillment of the Christian’s ministry|
|EVERY believer, based upon the discretion of the Lord, is given SOME (at least one) spiritual gift(s). The exercise of the VARIOUS GIFTS RECEIVED are vital to the successful completion of the ministries to which the believer is called.||EVERY believer, based upon the presence of the indwelling Spirit, is capable of bearing EVERY spiritual fruit. EVERY fruit is vital to the successful completion of the ministry to which the believer is called.|
Let’s now begin our study of Spiritual Fruits…
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Fruits Of The Spirit:
- Love – an unconditional love shown by a willingness to sacrifice ourselves for the godo of another Galatians 5:22, John 15:12-13
- Joy – a deep seated joy not based upon the circumstances of life but an act of God’s grace in the heart Galatians 5:22, 1 Thess 1:6
- Peace – tranquility or wholeness that finds it sbasis in a trust of the Lord that transcends all circumstances of life Galatians 5:22, John 14:27
- Longsuffering – to bear long under a burden carries the ideas of patient endurance Galatians 5:22, Hebrews 10:36
- Gentleness – being kind to others always working for their benefit irregardless of their actions Galatians 5:22, Eph 4:29-32
- Goodness – morally upright resulting in others benefiting from our person and acts Galatians 5:22, Romans 15:14
- Faith – total commitment and reliance upon another Galatians 5:22, 1 Peter 1:18-21
- Meekness –humility, power under control Galatians 5:23, Ephesians 4:2-3
- Temperance – self regulation, mastery, ability to be self-controlled in all areas of life Galatians 5:23, 1 Peter 2:11
Although no Christian is (or will ever be) perfect this side of heaven. Each of these fruits will be present in the lives of believers. As the Christian grows and matures in the faith, the bearing of fruits in their life will increase. This was Paul’s prayer for the members of the church at Colosse…
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;” (Colossians 1:9-11)
This spiritual fruit bearing is a part of becoming a “new man” at our salvation…
“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:21-24)
In our next lesson we will look at more teachings concerning spiritual fruits…
A Description Of Spiritual Fruits For Today:
15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
33) Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [his] fruit.
7) Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8) Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
9) And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
39) And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
40) The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
41) And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
42) Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
43) For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
44) For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
45) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
4) And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
5) A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6) And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7) And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8) And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
9) And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
10) And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12) Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13) They on the rock [are they], which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14) And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.
6) He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7) Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
8) And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [it]:
9) And if it bear fruit, [well]: and if not, [then] after that thou shalt cut it down.
27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
151) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3) Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4) Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5) I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.
7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
12) This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15) Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17) These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18) Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19) I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20) For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21) What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.
22) But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
4) Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5) For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6) But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter.
14) And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
10) Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for [your] food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
11) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
12) For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
(2 Corinthians 9:10-12)
13) For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15) But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16) [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17) 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.
18) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22) 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.
26) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
2) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3) Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
7) Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8) For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9) (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
9) And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment;
10) That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
11) Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
3) We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4) Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love [which][ ye have] to all the saints,
5) For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6) Which is come unto you, as [it is] in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as [it doth] also in you, since the day ye heard [of it], and knew the grace of God in truth:
7) As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
8) Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
9) For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11) Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12) Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son:
6) And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
(1 Thessalonians 1:6)
12) When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
13) Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
14) And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
15) All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace [be] with you all. Amen.
36) For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
4) Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5) And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6) For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8) But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9) Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10) For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.
11) Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12) Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13) And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
12) Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13) Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14) For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.
13) Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14) But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15) This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.
16) For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.
17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers;
19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
(1 Peter 1:18-21)
11) Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
(1 Peter 2:11)
5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8) For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9) But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11) For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 1:5-11)