Monday, October 15, 2018

Bearing Fruit

One of the most amazing things the Holy Spirit does in a person’s life is to arm him/her with the abilities to imitate the character of Jesus. He does it by instilling in them with the fruit of the Spirit.

Now the “fruit” of the Spirit is love, which can only come from God, for God is love – I John 4:16. However, from that one “fruit” comes a plethora of attributes.

So, what are these attributes, which are derived from this one fruit: love? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” Galatians 5:22-23

Through the exhibition of these attributes, the character is seen in the lives of His followers.  Failure to possess these attributes leaves a professed follower of Christ suspect – for the very name Christian implies that one is “like” Christ.

“For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth…” Ephesians 5:9 

Lastly, the Holy Spirit seals your salvation.   In other words, in order for you to be saved into God’s kingdom, you must be sealed and the Holy Spirit is the only entity that can do that. “…In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise…” Ephesians 1:13

Truly, God is good to all of His creation; and to them who are willing to receive it, salvation is free to all.