FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23

It is the “Fruit”, not fruits and this Fruit is of the Spirit, not man. Such fruit manifests as we are led by the Spirit of God IN Christ Jesus.

Led by the flesh, we vainly attempt obedience to laws in order to produce fruit. Knowing what we should do and how we should be, our members war against the law of our minds to do that which is good and brings us into captivity to the law of sin.

“But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:23-24

Led of the flesh and under law, we produce fruit unto death…spiritual death as our sin nature once again begins to reign in our heart.

“25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.

3 For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 7:25-8:4

The Holy Spirit is given latitude to produce His Fruit in us and superintend all things according to God and Holiness when we are submitted unto God. We can only be submitted unto God when we are IN Christ Jesus, baptized into HIS Death (Romans 6:4) for the penalty of sin to be paid (Salvation) and the power of sin to be broken (Sanctification). Then and only then is the righteousness of the Law fulfilled and we are afforded the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature. This is the Power of God to us who are saved. The Cross of Christ, be determined to know nothing else.

-Donna Clark Warren

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